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BitDefender Identifies Jay Leno as the Most Perilous Popular Figure Online

BitDefender the security company reports well-known American TV anchor Jay Leno as the most perilous personality from Hollywood when referred to on the Web. Notes the company that the danger Leno poses is because of his name that cyber-criminals use during their different spam runs.

Incidentally, BitDefender examined 25m spam mails that emerged carrying the name of Jay Leno among the personalities which online crooks use most often while disseminating their junk. Evidently, there were 38,800 spam mails from the total spam the security company examined, in which spammers mentioned the famous U.S figure within the messages' headers.

Furthermore, the majority of spam mails touted medicine and pills available for sale, BitDefender found.

Disclosed the company that to become the king of spammers by winning the race associated with it, cyber-criminals edged out Leno from a few strong contestants like President Barack Obama, Cameron Diaz and AC/DC the rock legends, and Madonna.

Also reveals BitDefender that some prominent names on the list of ten most sought after celebrities who're chiefly men that spammers use are Kenny Chesney the US music star, 50 Cent, Howard Stern, George Lucas and Stephen King.

Meanwhile, celebrities who didn't make it to the 2011 list are Miley Cyrus, Tiger Woods, Kayne West and Meryl Streep.

Interestingly according to the security company, other famous personalities earlier utilized frequently within spam outbreaks like Angelina Jolie, Justin Bieber and Oprah Winfrey have currently been excluded from the latest offensive campaigns. Securitynewsdaily.com published this on July 13, 2011.

Remarking about the above mentioned fascinating discoveries, Head of Online Threats Lab, Catalin Cosoi of BitDefender stated that similar to consumers, cyber-criminals too chased the most recent happenings as also they utilized them along with popular personality names within their scams so they might entice people into visiting online sites, which contained massive malware. Consequently, Web-surfers hunting for new pictures and videos usually landed into insurmountable troubles instead, on their PCs. Hence, it was being suggested to all end-users for deploying strong security software that would fight the various Internet threats, the chief added. Marketwire.com published this on July 13, 2011.

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