Web ads more likely than porn to infect computers, study says

You don’t have to be prowling the darkest corners of the Internet for racy photos, drugs or gambling venues to have your computer infected with malware, according to a study released Wednesday by Cisco Systems.

The San Jose networking company”s 2013 Annual Security Report found that web-based advertisements tainted by cyber villains were 182 times more likely to deliver malicious content as sex-themed sites, for example.

“Security threats do not target pornography, pharmaceutical or gambling sites as much as they do legitimate destinations visited by mass audiences, such as major search engines, retail sites and social media outlets,” it concluded.

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