The risk is so serious, in fact,
that there is a one in five chance of running into a possible
security risk each time searching for her name.
Brad Pitt was the most popular celebrity used by criminals, with a
20% percent risk as well. Pop singer Beyonce was runner up both
in 2008 and 2009, with Pitt's ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston, slotting
into third place.
Searching for "Jessica Biel
screensavers" poses a security risk as users have a 40 percent
chance of downloading a virus, the McAfee research
"Cybercriminals are star watchers too,"
McAfee product development VP Jeff Green said in a statement.
"They latch onto popular celebrities to encourage the download
of malicious software in disguise."
popular current news events are the most commonly used topics for
criminals to use while trying to trick customers. In 2009, a
SARS e-mail worm was distributed, Swine flu spam circulated, and
similar trendy tricks were used to deceive Internet users.
the overall number of phishing attempts reportedly dropped in the
first half of 2009, criminals are becoming more sophisticated in
their attacks against unsuspecting Internet users.