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Cristiano Ronaldo: Most Dangerous Footballer in Cyber Space

The security firm, McAfee has released a list of 11 riskiest footballers in cyber space. Their research reveals Portuguese Captain Cristiano Ronaldo as the most unsafe player in air.

SiteAdvisor system is the system that evaluated and ranked websites for risk, and McAfee was enabled to exhibit the most dangerous football team. Increasingly, cybercriminals are abusing the names of renowned sports stars and celebrities to draw people to websites that actually obscure malicious software.

The exaggerated list comprises 11 riskiest footballers as published in Euro 2012. These names are web pages where a search engine query is most likely to lead you to a malicious website. The malicious site then leads to exploit any visitor and cause further vulnerabilities.

According to McAfee, fans on the cyber space searching out for 'Cristiano Ronaldo', 'Cristiano Ronaldo download', their photographs' or videos' might run the risks of online threats, which could lift their personal details. A click on these vulnerable sites to download such corrupted files including photographs, videos or screensavers have every chance to expose netizens to computer viruses and malware.

Ronaldo gained highest percentage of overall risk of 6.2% followed by Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic with 5%, and England captain Steven Gerrard with 4.5%, as per McAfee study. Italian players dominate the rest of the "dangerous 11", with Gianluigi Buffon (3.8%), Giorgio Chiellini (3.7%), Mario Balotelli (3.4%), Andrea Pirlo (3.3%), Antonio Di Natale (3.3%), Antonio Cassano (3.1%) and Daniele De Rossi (1.8%) all featuring. Andriy Shevchenko (2.8%) completes the line-up.

McAfee also researched on most dangerous teams in cyber space and found France and Portugal are the most dangerous with a risk rating of 7.1% each. They are followed by Germany with a rating of 5.4%, England and The Netherlands with 5.3% each, Italy with 5.2% and Spain with 4.1%.

The study also indicated that the national flags to embellish your windows are the safest items to search for online and the hunt for shirts equally holds risk factors.

Conclusively and interestingly, according to McAfee, it's not just the players or even the teams that lead to malicious sites. "Even the WAGs (Wives and Girlfriends) of the treacherous players have their own cause for concern," it notes. With the partners of Cristiano Ronaldo (7%) and Andriy Shevchenko (5%) securing first and second, respectively in this dangerous endeavor."

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