Lethal Web persons

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Lethal Web persons
IF YOU hit an online search for Jessica Biel, beware.
27 August 2009

IF YOU hit an online search for Jessica Biel, beware.

You might land on a site that has tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing and viruses.

This year, the actress overtook Brad Pitt as the most dangerous celebrity to search for in cyberspace, according to Internet security company McAfee Inc.

For the third consecutive year, McAfee surveyed which A-list celebrity was the riskiest to track on the Internet after Pitt topped the list last year and Paris Hilton came in first in 2007.

Biel, 27, who shot to fame in the TV show 7th Heaven and most recently starred in Easy Virtue, was deemed the most dangerous as there is a one-in-five chance of landing at a website designed to damage one’s computer.

Said McAfee’s Mr Jeff Green said in a statement: ‘Cybercriminals are star watchers too. They latch onto popular celebrities to encourage the download of malicious software in disguise.’

‘Consumers’ obsession with celebrity news and culture is harmless in theory, but one bad download can cause a lot of damage to a computer.’

Coming in second for the second year running is pop star Beyonce. McAfee found that that putting ‘Beyonce ringtones’ into a search engine yielded a dangerous website linked to a distributor of adware and spyware.

Actress Jennifer Aniston was third, with more than 40 per cent of Google search results for ‘Jennifer Aniston screensavers’ containing nasty viruses.

Young Hollywood stars Miley Cyrus, Ashley Tisdale and Lindsay Lohan edged out Heidi Montag and Jessica Alba, both of whom appeared on last year’s list.

Megan Fox and Angelina Jolie tied as the eighth most dangerous celebrities on the Web.

McAfee noted that US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are curiously safe searches, ranking Nos 34 and 39 respectively.

Pitt came in10th this year.

Reuters

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