It's Risky to Search for Stars in Cyberspace


Actress Jessica Biel has overtaken Brad Pitt as the most dangerous celebrity to search for in cyberspace. According to Internet security firm McAfee Inc., who surveys which A-list celebrities are the riskiest to search for, Biel was deemed the most dangerous, with fans having a one-in-five chance of landing at a website that has tested positive for spyware, adware, spam, phishing, or viruses.

"Cybercriminals are star watchers too - they latch onto popular celebrities to encourage the download of malicious software in disguise," said McAfee's Jeff Green. "Every day, cybercriminals use celebrities' names and images, like Kim Kardashian and Rihanna, to lure surfers searching for the latest stories, screensavers and ringtones to sites offering free downloads laden with malware."

Brad Pitt topped the list in 2008 and Paris Hilton came in first in 2007. Coming second on the list for the second year running was pop star Beyonce, with McAfee finding that putting "Beyonce ringtones" into a search engine yielded a dangerous website linking to a distributor of adware and spyware. Actress Jennifer Aniston was third, with more than 40 percent of the Google search results for "Jennifer Aniston screensavers" containing nasty viruses. Megan Fox and Angelina Jolie tied as the eighth most dangerous celebrities on the Web while newlyweds Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen came in fourth and sixth respectively.

However, U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, who have been featured on most celebrities list this year, were not at the top of risky public figures to search. The Obamas ranked in the bottom-third of this year's results, at No. 34 and No. 39 respectively. Best advice? Go to the stars' official sites!
They're GRAS,
Erin



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