Cameron Diaz topped McAfee Software Security Firm’s annual “Most Dangerous Celebrity” list, a roundup of the celebrity-related search terms most likely to generate malware-ridden results. Once a computer is infected with spyware, criminals can steal online banking passwords, e-mail passwords, and other personal information.
The chance of encountering an infected website or file is higher when searching for actors and models than for politicians, says Dave Marcus, security researcher for McAfee Labs.
“This year, the search results for celebrities are safer than they’ve been in previous years, but there are still dangers when searching online. Cybercriminals are getting sneakier in their techniques. Now they’re hiding malicious content in ‘tiny’ places like shortened URLs that can spread virally in social networking sites and Twitter, instead of on websites and downloads.”
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