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Cameron Diaz is most likely to give your computer a virus.
Move over Jessica Biel, there's a new most dangerous celeb in town

Internet searching can be risky business.  Usually the results that come up are legitimate pages.  But sometimes a handful of the results are carefully crafted attack pages which probe and try to exploit vulnerabilities in your browser, in an attempt to install malware on your computer.  Other sites try to lure users into phishing schemes or get them to reveal their emails so they can spam them.

McAfee, whose acquisition by Intel was announced yesterday, maintains a yearly list of what stars and starlets have the most dangerous page results.  The yearly project uses stats from the company's free software SiteAdvisor, which advises you about whether websites pose a threat.

Last year Jessica Biel topped the list of the celebs most likely to give your computer a virus.  This she's been bumped off by Cameron Diaz.  Users searching for "Cameron Diaz" apparently facing a whopping 19 percent chance of landing on a dangerous site.  Picture or download searches for Diaz had a 10 percent chance of landing on a malicious site.

Biel was bumped to third, with Julia Roberts surging to second.  Models Adriana Lima (6th) and Gisele Bundchen (4th) were the only non-actors to make the top 10.  Brad Pitt (5th) and Tom Cruise (8th) were the only males to make the top 10.  Despite his popular infidelity scandal, pro-golfer Tiger Woods was only 33rd.  U.S. President Barack Obama (49th), meanwhile, was chilling with Sarah Palin (50th) at the back end of the list.

Dmitri Alperovitch, McAfee's vice president of threat research comments, "It's sort of a little bit of rivalry from the traditional world going to the cyber world.  It's fascinating how cyber criminals can be so in tune with the popularity of various actresses and models. …They're actually a fantastic barometer of their popularity.  

"[Diaz has] been in the spotlight recently with a number of blockbuster movies, "Knight and Day," of course, with Tom Cruise.  What we see is that we people who are in the news recently… they tend to be at the top of the list because they're on peoples' minds. People tend to go on Google and Bing and search for them after they've watched their movies. Cyber criminals realize that very well and target people when they do this."

Mr. Alperovitch warns customers, in particular, to avoid looking for screensavers or ringtones, which often lead to infected pages.

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By ixelion on 8/20/2010 9:22:08 AM , Rating: 3
I would never search any celeb name period.

RE: yup
By AnnihilatorX on 8/20/2010 11:58:54 AM , Rating: 1
I don't know any celeb name period.

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