Heidi Klum Found ‘Most Risky Famous Figure’ Online
McAfee, the Internet security firm recently conducted a study on the most risky famous personality on the Internet and found that Heidi Klum a supermodel from Germany was the most risky popular personality to search for online.
The company discovered that almost one online search from every ten related to the host "Project Runway" meaning Heidi Klum caused Web-surfers to become endangered with malicious websites concealing destructive PC-viruses.
Moreover, McAfee stated that search phrases like "Heidi Klum hot pictures," "Heidi Klum videos" and "Heidi Klum free downloads" caused surfers to be endangered with malware like adware and spyware or cyber-attacks like phishing and spam executed for theft of personal information.
Also, cyber-criminals were using Klum as alluring bait for getting users to visit hijacked websites, videos and pictures through SEO tactics that corrupted search results. Users who took down such corrupt files or merely clicked on them got their PCs contaminated.
In 2010, Klum was crowned the "winner" while this year (2011), McAfee has ranked Cameron Diaz No.2 on its list of "most dangerous celebrity" online. Moreover, Piers Morgan a famous British journalist is on the third position. The list of ten most dangerous celebrities also has Brad Pitt who just managed to tie with Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone on No.10.
The others on the list include actresses Katherine Heigl, Anna Paquin, Jessica Biel, Mila Kunis, Scarlett Johansson, and Adriana Lima a secret model of Victoria.
Remarking about its discoveries, McAfee stated that the con artists commonly utilized celebrity names for enticing people into visiting websites, which were malware-laden. Anybody hunting for fresh photos or movies was likely to get his computer rigged with malicious software rather than download trendy material, the company explained.
Director of Web Security Research Paula Greve at McAfee added that though a little safer compared to 2010, hunting for most popular personalities kept on producing dangerous results. Marketwatch.com published this on September 15, 2011
Greve concluded that end-users must especially remain wary about threats concealed within condensed URLs like 'tiny' areas which could proliferate across social-networking websites alternatively via text messages or e-mails from known entities.
Related article: HD-DVD Copy Protection Proved Vulnerable To Attack
» SPAMfighter News - 26-09-2011