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Cameron Diaz is now the most dangerous celebrity to search for online, replacing Jessica Biel, according to a new report from McAfee.

Cameron-Diaz McAfee says searching for the latest Cameron Diaz pictures and downloads leads to a ten percent chance of visiting a website that has threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.

"This year, the search results for celebrities are safer than they’ve been in previous years, but there are still dangers when searching online," said Dave Marcus, security researcher for McAfee Labs.

"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."

Other dangerous celebrities to search for are Julia Roberts, Jessica Biel, Gisele Bndchen, Brad Pitt, Adriana Lima, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Heidi Klum, Tom Cruise, and Anna Paquin.

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

"Whether you’re surfing the Web from your computer or your phone or clicking on links in Twitter about your favorite celeb, you should surf safely, and make sure you’re using the latest security software."

 

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    Translation:

    Windows users: Don’t Google Cameron Diaz. Or do anything that might lead to infection. Best to just stay offline.

    Mac users: Continue Googling and downloading everything and anything with abandon. There’s no story here for you.

    Linux users: Good question. Is there much real danger from drive-by downloads for Linux users? I’m curious.

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Celebrity searches lead to malware

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Cameron Diaz is now the most dangerous celebrity to search for online, replacing Jessica Biel, according to a new report from McAfee.

Cameron-Diaz McAfee says searching for the latest Cameron Diaz pictures and downloads leads to a ten percent chance of visiting a website that has threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.

"This year, the search results for celebrities are safer than they’ve been in previous years, but there are still dangers when searching online," said Dave Marcus, security researcher for McAfee Labs.

"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."

Other dangerous celebrities to search for are Julia Roberts, Jessica Biel, Gisele Bndchen, Brad Pitt, Adriana Lima, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Heidi Klum, Tom Cruise, and Anna Paquin.

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

"Whether you’re surfing the Web from your computer or your phone or clicking on links in Twitter about your favorite celeb, you should surf safely, and make sure you’re using the latest security software."

 

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Celebrity searches lead to malware

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Cameron Diaz is now the most dangerous celebrity to search for online, replacing Jessica Biel, according to a new report from McAfee.

Cameron-Diaz McAfee says searching for the latest Cameron Diaz pictures and downloads leads to a ten percent chance of visiting a website that has threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.

"This year, the search results for celebrities are safer than they’ve been in previous years, but there are still dangers when searching online," said Dave Marcus, security researcher for McAfee Labs.

"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."

Other dangerous celebrities to search for are Julia Roberts, Jessica Biel, Gisele Bndchen, Brad Pitt, Adriana Lima, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Heidi Klum, Tom Cruise, and Anna Paquin.

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

"Whether you’re surfing the Web from your computer or your phone or clicking on links in Twitter about your favorite celeb, you should surf safely, and make sure you’re using the latest security software."

 

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Celebrity searches lead to malware

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Cameron Diaz is now the most dangerous celebrity to search for online, replacing Jessica Biel, according to a new report from McAfee.

Cameron-Diaz McAfee says searching for the latest Cameron Diaz pictures and downloads leads to a ten percent chance of visiting a website that has threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.

"This year, the search results for celebrities are safer than they’ve been in previous years, but there are still dangers when searching online," said Dave Marcus, security researcher for McAfee Labs.

"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."

Other dangerous celebrities to search for are Julia Roberts, Jessica Biel, Gisele Bndchen, Brad Pitt, Adriana Lima, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Heidi Klum, Tom Cruise, and Anna Paquin.

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

"Whether you’re surfing the Web from your computer or your phone or clicking on links in Twitter about your favorite celeb, you should surf safely, and make sure you’re using the latest security software."

 

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