Aug 26, 2010 --- Doing a cybersearch for Cameron Diaz can be risky business, McAfee finds. ---
It’s no question that the blonde and blue-eyed beauty has a large number of fans–doing a Google search for “Cameron Diaz screensavers” produces more than one-hundred thousand results. Perhaps that’s why cyber villains have decided to prey on those inclined to do a search for Diaz. McAfee found that one out of 10 Diaz search results (for things such as “Cameron Diaz” or “Cameron Diaz and downloads,” “Cameron Diaz and screen savers,” “Cameron Diaz and wallpaper,” “Cameron Diaz and photos” and “Cameron Diaz and videos”) is hiding a malicious software, making her the most dangerous celebrity to search for on the Web.
In its fourth edition of the “McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities” study, Diaz replaced Jessica Biel as the most dangerous celebrity this year. Biel is still on the list, however, in the number three spot.
McAfee analyzed popular culture’s most famous faces before making the list; they looked not only at Hollywood stars, but also athletes, musicians, and politicians.
Others joining Diaz and Biel on the “Most Dangerous” list include other actors and actresses: Julia Roberts (number 2), Brad Pitt (5), Jennifer Love Hewitt (7), Nicole Kidman (7), Tom Cruise (8), Penelope Cruz (9), and Anna Paquin (10)
Not surprisingly, three supermodels are also in the top 10: Gisele Bundchen (4), Adriana Lima (6), and Heidi Klum (9).
The riskiest athletes to search for are tennis stars Maria Sharapova and Andy Roddick (numbers 13 and 14, respectively). David Beckham and Tiger Woods were further down the list at numbers 29 and 33, respectively.
Coming in safer were popular teen icons Zac Efron (number 40), Miley Cyrus (44), and Justin Bieber (46).
The “safest” searches were of politicians (so fans of President Barack Obama (number 49) and Sarah Palin (50) can rest assured that those screensavers aren’t likely to give you a virus).
At least the Internet is getting safer in general, according to McAfee.
“This year, the search results for celebrities are safer than in previous years, but there are still dangers when searching online,” says Dave Marcus, a security researcher for McAfee Labs, “yet cybercriminals are getting sneakier in their techniques.”