Why Cisco's Attempt To Suppress Security Researcher Backfired
from the everybody's-hacking-now dept
Last week, we noted just how ridiculous it was that Cisco thought it could make the discussion of a massive security exploit disappear by ripping some pages out of a presentation, demanding all video tape from the presentation and getting the speaker to agree not to discuss the issue again. All that really did, in true Streisand Effect means, was make damn sure that a lot of security researchers have spent the whole weekend trying to break Cisco's software based on what they know. Yes, this would have gotten some attention if the original plans for a presentation had gone off as planned -- but Cisco's reaction drew that much more attention to it and made it quite clear that Cisco was really, really worried about it. You would have thought that the company would recognize how this response would play out, but apparently no one told them how the internet works on these types of issues.