The most dangerous celebrities in cyberspace

Today, computer security firm McAfee released a report that says the number one most dangerous celebrity to search for online is Jessica Biel.

The survey found anyone doing a search for the actress has a one in five chance of landing on a malicious site. In a search for "Jessica Biel screen savers," half of the sites have malicious downloads.

Beyonce was second place. Be especially careful searching for "Beyonce ring tones," which results in dangerous links to adware and spyware, according to McAfee.

Hollywood's favorite Jennifer Aniston came in third. The study found that more than 40% of the Google search results for " Jennifer Aniston screensavers" contain nasty viruses.

Other celebrities on the list are Tom Brady, Jessica Simpson, and Miley Cyrus. The list changes constantly, depending on which celebrities receive the most buzz.

In a 2008 report, McAfee released general risky online search terms.

"Word Unscrambler" is most dangerous overall, with a maximum risk of 50%."Lyrics" receives a risky second, and searches for "MySpace" are third."Free music Downloads" is fourth with 1 in 5 websites being malicious.

McAfee says, overall, to be cautious using the words "Lyrics, Free, Web, and Games."

The top 15 most dangerous celebrities to search, according to McAfee, with their annotations:

1. Jessica Biel - Major buzz about her figure and high-profile relationship with Justin Timberlake makes Jessica Biel an easy target for spammers and hackers. When "Jessica Biel screensavers" was searched, almost half of the sites were identified as containing malicious downloads with spyware, adware and potential viruses.

2. Beyoncé - Beyonce tops the MTV Video Music Award nominee list and McAfee's results as the most frequent, highly-ranked celebrity. Inputting "Beyoncé ringtones" into a search engine yielded a dangerous Web site linking to a distributor of adware and spyware.

3. Jennifer Aniston - Hollywood's favorite leading lady should be searched with caution. More than 40% of the Google search results for "Jennifer Aniston screensavers" contained nasty viruses, including one called the "FunLove" virus.

4. Tom Brady - The New England Patriot seems to attract many fans who want a free download of the athlete in action, but not the Trojan that comes with it, as identified by McAfee SiteAdvisor technology.

5. Jessica Simpson - Jessica Simpson is as dangerous to search online as she is famous. Searching for "Jessica Simpson videos" can mislead unsuspecting surfers to sites with potentially damaging downloads.

6. Gisele Bundchen - The world's highest-paid supermodel is a popular target for cybercriminals. A search for "Gisele Bundchen photos" can direct users to red-ranked sites that breached browser security in McAfee's tests.

7. Miley Cyrus - Cybercriminals are using Web sites related to Miley Cyrus' image to link to other harmful sites containing spyware.

8. Megan Fox, Angelina Jolie - Both tabloid fixture Megan Fox and American icon Angelina Jolie resulted in an equal number of risky download Web sites, proving cybercriminals are in the business of capitalizing on the world's most famous faces.

9. Ashley Tisdale - The "High School Musical" star is a popular search term when it comes to searching for screensavers. A host of screensaver Web sites contained numerous malware-laden downloads.

10. Brad Pitt - Appearing in the top spot last year, Brad Pitt fell towards the bottom of this year's list, resulting in a few less, but just as dangerous, red and yellow-ranked Web sites.

11. Reese Witherspoon - Risky Web sites were identified when searching for "Reese Witherspoon" and "Reese Witherspoon photos" promoting free files with hidden malware.

12. Britney Spears - McAfee SiteAdvisor technology found a single site promoting free Britney Spears wallpaper that was embedded with more than 50 potentially infected downloads.

13. Rihanna -Free Rihanna ringtones are some of the most sought after, but some shady vendors mislead those who subscribe by gathering and selling their personal information.

14. Lindsay Lohan - McAfee SiteAdvisor flagged Lindsay Lohan screen saver sites as offering a combined 50+ free screen savers infected with Trojans, viruses and spyware.

15. Kim Kardashian - The biggest reality star in recent months is now susceptible to Internet lurkers too. A search for Kim Kardashian wallpaper and screen savers generated numerous downloads veiled with malware.

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