For the fifth consecutive year, McAfee researched popular culture’s most famous people revealing the riskiest celebrities on the Web. The McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities study found movie stars and models to be more dangerous while singers and sports stars are among the safest. Heidi Klum replaced Cameron Diaz as most dangerous celebrity to search for on the web.
According to McAfee, cybercriminals will frequently use names of popular celebrities in order to lure users to sites interlaced with malicious software. Searching for the latest Heidi Klum pictures and downloads has a nine percent change of landing on a website containing spyware, spam, phishing, adware, viruses and other malware.
“While slightly safer than last year, searching for top celebrities continues to generate risky results,“ said Paula Greve, director of Web security research at McAfee. “Consumers should be particularly aware of malicious content hiding in “˜tiny' places like shortened URLs that can spread virally in social networking sites, or through e-mails and text messages from friends.“
The study makes use of McAfee SiteAdvisor software that provides ratings indicating which sites are risky to search for celebrity names on the Web and calculate an overall risk percentage. Other celebrities making the top ten include Piers Morgan, Jessica Biel and Katherine Heigl.