NEW YORK, NY – Don’t believe us? Go ahead and search for her – we dare you!
Cameron Diaz may be hot, sultry and stunning – but her killer looks could be fatal for your computer. Don’t let her playful giggles and innocent appearance fool you because Diaz has become the most dangerous celebrity on the Internet.
Diaz, 37, has catapulted to the top of the “most dangerous celebrities to search for online” list. She beat out second-placed Julia Roberts, according to security company McAfee, Inc. Last year’s most dangerous Web celebrity, Jessica Biel, fell to third.
One in ten websites featuring the “Knight and Day” star contain malicious software intended to infect computers and steal data from users, according to research released on Thursday by McAfee. Creators of malicious software use celebrities as lures, baiting fans and followers to click and download seemingly innocuous content containing programs designed to steal passwords and other private information for profit, said Dave MArcus, director of security research at McAfee labs.
“They know that people want to have screensavers of popular individuals. They follow hot topics on the Web and create their poisonous content accordingly,” Marcus said.
“This relates to a larger trend of using social engineering lures. A lot of times a cyber criminal will mine Twitter, or follow Google Trends, to poison those links. It’s very clear they will use news trends to lure,” he added.
Think twice next time you click on anything Cameron Diaz – it just might spell the end of your computer/personal data.