Threat Intelligence, Malware

There’s something about searching for Cameron Diaz

Move over Jessica Biel. Cameron Diaz is now the most dangerous celebrity to search for online, according to McAfee.

Searching for pictures and downloads of the blue-eyed blonde bombshell, who most recently starred in the summer action film “Knight and Day,” yields a 10 percent chance of landing on a website that contains online threats, such as malware, according to McAfee's fourth annual study of the most dangerous celebrities online.

Moreover, searching for screensavers of Diaz results in a 19 percent chance of landing at a malicious site.

Diaz shouldn't feel so unfortunate. According to McAfee, cybercriminals commonly use the names of Hollywood's most popular celebrities to lure users to sites riddled with malware and other threats.

Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts, who currently stars in the chick flick “Eat, Pray, Love," took the runner-up spot as the second most dangerous online celebrity bait.

Searching for Roberts yields a nine percent chance of coming in contact with cyberthreats, according to McAfee. Additionally, searching for "Julia Roberts and downloads" results in a 20 percent chance of receiving a malware-laden file.

Meanwhile, Jessica Biel, who held the top spot a year ago, fell two places to number three.

"This year, the search results for celebrities are safer than they've been in previous years, but there are still dangers when searching online," said Dave Marcus, security researcher for McAfee Avert Labs, said in a statement. "Cybercriminals follow the same hot topics as consumers, and create traps based on the latest trends."

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen was ranked the forth riskiest celebrity to search for online, followed by Brad Pitt and Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima. Rounding out the top ten are Jennifer Love Hewitt and Nicole Kidman, who tied for number seven; Tom Cruise; Heidi Klum and Penelope Cruz, who tied for number nine; and Anna Paquin.

McAfee also found that searching for popular athletes such as Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, David Beckham and Tiger Woods also commonly yielded risky sites, which were most often uncovered when searching for screensavers of the athletes, McAfee said.

On the other side of the spectrum, politicians such as President Obama and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin are among the safest personalities to search for. Teen pop-star Justin Bieber also ranked toward the bottom of the list, along with other stars such as Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Zac Efron.

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