Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Most Dangerous celeb searches

According to Internet security company McAfee, Inc., searching for Jessica Biel on the Internet could prove to be extremely risky for your computer. She has been named America's 'Most Dangerous Celebrity In Cyberspace' by Internet researchers. Computer protection company looked at popular search engines in assessing the risk by clicking on celebrity related website links. See which celebs round out the top 10....

Jessica Biel: Jessica Biel has overtaken as the most dangerous celebrity to search in cyberspace, according to Internet security company McAfee, Inc. Major buzz about her figure and high-profile relationship with Justin Timberlake makes Jessica Biel an easy target for spammers and hackers. When 'Jessica Biel screensavers' was searched, almost half of the sites were identified as containing malicious downloads with spyware, adware and potential viruses. (REUTERS)
Beyonce: She tops the MTV Video Music Award nominee list and McAfee's results as the most frequent, highly-ranked celebrity. Inputting 'Beyonce ringtones' into a search engine yielded a dangerous Website linking to a distributor of adware and spyware and Beyonce was ranked second on the list of most dangerous celebrity searches. (AFP/Kevin Winter)
Jennifer Aniston: Hollywood's favourite leading lady should be searched with caution. More than 40 percent of the Google search results for 'Jennifer Aniston screensavers' contained nasty viruses, including one called the 'FunLove virus.' She came third on the list of most dangerous celebs in Cyberspace. (AP)
Tom Brady: The American football player seems to attract many fans who want a free download of the athlete in action, but not the Trojan that comes with it, as identified by McAfee SiteAdvisor technology. He secures the fourth position on the list. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)
Jessica Simpson: She is as dangerous to search online as she is famous. Searching for 'Jessica Simpson videos' can mislead unsuspecting surfers to sites with potentially damaging downloads. She is placed fifth on the list of most dangerous celebs on Cyberspace. (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith)
Gisele Bundchen: The world's highest-paid supermodel is a popular target for cybercriminals. A search for 'Gisele Bundchen photos' can direct users to red-ranked sites that breached browser security in McAfee's tests. She landed the sixth spot with 15.8 percent of risky content to her credit. (REUTERS)
Miley Cyrus: Cybercriminals are using Websites related to Miley Cyrus' image to link to other harmful sites containing spyware. Googling for her can be dangerous. The singer scored 15.5 percent on the risky scale. (REUTERS/Phil McCarten)
Megan Fox: Tabloid fixture Megan Fox with 15.3 percent risky contest, has landed on the eight position on the list. Her sex appeal may be too much for your computer to handle. (AGENCIES)
Angelina Jolie: American icon Angelina Jolie resulted in an equal number to that of Megan Fox for risky download Websites, proving cybercriminals are in the business of capitalizing on the world's most famous faces. (AFP/Valery Hache)
Ashley Tisdale: The 'High School Musical' star is a popular search term when it comes to searching for screensavers. A host of screensaver Websites contained numerous malware-laden downloads. She is placed at number nine with 14.9 percent risky content. (REUTERS/Phil McCarten)
Brad Pitt: Appearing in the top spot last year, Brad Pitt fell towards the bottom of this year's list, resulting in a few less, but just as dangerous, red and yellow-ranked Websites. He rounded up the top 10 'risky' US celebrities with 14.8 percent risky content. (AFP/Axel Schmidt)

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