Search for Diaz, Biel at Your Own Risk

McAfee ranks most dangerous celebrity search terms
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2010 5:40 AM CDT
Search for Diaz, Biel at Your Own Risk
Jessica Biel topped last year's list of the most dangerous celebrity searches.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

(Newser) – Searching for Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts, or Jessica Biel is risky business, warns online security company McAfee. The stars top the company's annual list of the most dangerous celebrities to search for online, the AP reports. The celebs are used as bait by scammers seeking to lure people to malicious websites that can infect computers, allowing crooks to steal passwords and other personal info.

"People are getting smarter about searching online, but cybercriminals are getting sneakier," a McAfee researcher says, warning that malicious content is now often hidden in places like shortened URLs spread through social networking sites. Some other searches to avoid: Gisele Bundchen, Brad Pitt, Adriana Lima, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, Heidi Klum, Penelope Cruz, and Anna Paquin. (To read about other online scams, click here)

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