Cybercriminals use celebrity names to lure victims

Looking for information about Brad Pitt or Beyonce on the Web? It could be risky.An internet security firm has dubbed the actor and singer the most dangerous celebrities to search for on the Internet because cybercriminals use their names to lure victims.California-based McAfee Inc. said fans searching for information and pictures of Pitt, or downloads, wallpaper and screen savers, have an 18 percent chance of having their PCs infected with a virus, spyware, spam, phishing and adware.
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http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-35507320080916Brad Pitt ‘most dangerous’ search on the web
Web searches for ‘Brad Pitt’ have been found to be the most likely to lead the user into dangerous online territory.Security firm McAfee said that the film star’s name is more likely to direct a user to malicious sites than any other celebrity’s name.
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2226214/brad-pitt-declared-dangerousBrad Pitt, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake top list of celebrity names most abused by malware writers
Brad Pitt, Mariah Carey and George Clooney are among the stars whose names are being most exploited across the Web to lure unwary fans into downloading wallpaper and screensaver software that’s really malware in disguise.McAfee this week issued a list of the 15 celebrity names it found to be most abused by those peddling crimeware. The most surprising omission: Paris Hilton, last year’s No. 1 most hijacked celebrity name.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/091708-pitt.htmlBrad Pitt tops list of Internet malware lures
Movie star Brad Pitt has shoved Paris Hilton off the top of a list neither wanted to be on. A fan entering Pitt’s name in a search engine now has a startling one in five chance of finding a malware-hosting site instead, says security products company McAfee Inc.Pitt is on top of the fake Web site malware league, just ahead of a collection of pop and film stars that reads (in descending order) Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Heidi Montag, Mariah Carey, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz, George Clooney and Angelina Jolie.
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