Cameron Diaz ranked as the ‘most dangerous’ movie star in cyberspace, according to Internet security McAfee who recently release its ‘Most Dangerous’ list.
Dave Marcus, security researcher for McAfee Labs said:
“This year, the search results for celebrities are safer than they’ve been in previous years, but there are still dangers when searching online,” and added:”Consumers are getting smarter about searching online, yet 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.”
Downloading pictures, wallpapers, or any files of the star could expose users to the risk of downloading viruses. Users searching for Cameron Diaz and screen savers stand a one in 10 chance of linking to a risky site.
In ‘Most Dangerous’ lists, Julia Roberts got the second lace, and third comes Jessica Biel, crowned as most dangerous celebrity last year. They’re followed by model Gisele Bundchen, Brad Pitt and Adriana Lima.
Jennifer Love Hewitt and Nicole Kidman share the seventh position and Tom Cruise at eight. Heidi Klum and Penelope Cruz made it at the number nine spot, with true Blood star Anna Paquin at number ten.
But while movie stars top the “most dangerous” list, politicians including Barack Obama and Sarah Palin are among the safest celebrities to search for on the net.
Cybercriminals often use the names of well known people such as celebrities and politicians to lure people onto sites that contain dangerous software, according to McAfee.