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Study: Cameron Diaz Is Web’s Riskiest Celeb Searches

Jessica Biel is no longer the most dangerous celebrity to search for online. Actress Cameron Diaz has become the most dangerous celebrity on the Internet, a security company analyzed.
37-year-old Diaz, who is famous for her killer looks and playful giggles, is top of the list of the most dangerous celebrities to search for online, leading other famous Hollywood actresses, the computer security company McAfee, Inc. said in a research released on Thursday.
On second spot was Julia Roberts, and last year’s most dangerous Web celebrity, Jessica Biel, fell on third place.
McAfee said in the research that one in ten websites featuring Diaz contains malicious software intended to infect computers and steal data from users.
It is very common for creators of malicious software to use celebrities as lures for fans to click on and download seemingly innocuous content containing programs designed to steal passwords and other private information for profit, said Dave Marcus, director of security research at McAfee Labs.
"They know that people want to have screensavers of popular individuals. They follow hot topics on the Web and create their poisonous content accordingly," Marcus said. "This relates to a larger trend of using social engineering lures. A lot of times a cyber-criminal will mine Twitter, or follow Google Trends, to poison those links. It's very clear they will use news trends to lure."
On the fourth spot was Gisele Bundchen, who was followed by Brad Pitt. Pitt was one of only two men to be listed in the top ten.
Other celebrities on the list were former Victoria’s Secret model on the sixth place; Jennifer Love-Hewitt and Nicole Kidman on the seventh spot; Tom Cruise on number eight; Heidi Klum and Penelope Cruz on the ninth place; and Anna Paquin, the star of TV hit "True Blood", rounded out the top ten.
The study used McAfee's SiteAdvisor ratings to track risky sources of celebrity content on the Web. Results were used to calculate an overall risk percentage.

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