Cameron Diaz: Most dangerous celeb on the Web
August 20th, 2010
02:11 PM ET

Cameron Diaz: Most dangerous celeb on the Web

Don’t let her good looks and charm fool you: Cameron Diaz is the most dangerous celebrity - on the Web, that is.

McAfee, a company that specializes in computer protection, released a report listing the Web’s most dangerous stars. Diaz knocked Jessica Biel, who's currently dating Diaz's ex Justin Timberlake, down to third place from last year’s top spot.

The McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities study found that with each search for Cameron Diaz, the person searching has a one in ten chance of landing on a website that will infect his or her computer with spyware, viruses or other malware.

“…Consumers are getting smarter about searching online, yet cybercriminals are getting sneakier in their techniques,” said Dave Marcus, security researcher for McAfee. “Now they're hiding malicious content in 'tiny' places like shortened URLs that can spread virally in social networking sites and Twitter."

Trying to download a screensaver or photos from one of these sketchy sites – or from a friend’s Facebook post – could put your computer in peril.

According to McAfee, cybercriminals will often use names of celebrities to draw users to their sites, tricking them into downloading something harmful as opposed to what they were actually looking for.

Other dangerous celebs include Julia Roberts, Gisele Bündchen, Brad Pitt and Adriana Lima.

"Cybercriminals follow the same hot topics as consumers, and create traps based on the latest trends," Marcus said.

But if you're searching for Barack Obama or Sarah Palin, you needn't worry; McAfee found both of those names to be among the safest search terms.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Twisted

    I know what Wookie is but what the hell is a Snooki? Some sort of disease?

    August 21, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Twisted

    @jillybean – maybe you should take a good look in the mirror. We think you'll find your joke(r) there.

    August 21, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Twisted

    @lombokgrill – No, just you – you're butt-ugly and Cameron Diaz is hot.

    August 21, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lombokgrill

    Is it just me, or is Cameron Diaz butt-ugly?

    August 21, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lorin

    I'm not trying to me mean but it looks like she wears a lot of make-up.

    August 21, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. jillybean

    Good looks? she looks like joker and is NOT aging well. SHe is a typical butter face.

    August 21, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • The_Mick

      Few of the "great looking" actors are that good looking. It's usually a combination of the figure, the walk, the expression, the hype, etc. that gets them idolized. Still in looks alone, Cameron Diaz is a league above the women who check me out when I'm out and about, so I'm not going to complain about any flaws she may have!

      August 21, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Cathy

      boy...I was thinking that...she ISN'T aging well. Also...a great actor she isn't.....

      August 21, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Michael S

    I would think that Snooki would cause the most contact with viruses

    August 20, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |

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