Cameron Diaz has replaced Jessica Biel as the most dangerous celebrity on the Web, antivirus company McAfee said. The McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities study that calculated the percentage of the resulting sites tagged as dangerous by the company’s SiteAdvisor software found movie stars and models top the “most dangerous” list this year while politicians like Barack Obama and Sarah Palin are among the safest.
Julia Roberts placed seconds, while supermodel Gisele Buendchen took fourth. Brad Pitt, the highest ranking man on the list.
“Search strings using Diaz’s name have a one-in-ten chance of coming up with a site infected with or spreading malware,” said Dave Marcus. Search for “Cameron Diaz and screensavers,” and the risk doubles, Marcus added. Attackers and scammers trade on the names of prominent people and topical events to dupe users into visiting malicious sites, to open malicious e-mails, and to click on malicious links embedded in Twitter messages, said Marcus.