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Cameron Diaz hot bait for online traps 卡梅隆•迪亞茲為網路最熱門陷阱字串


Actress Cameron Diaz topped a list of the most dangerous online celebrities compiled by computer security firm McAfee.

Diaz was ranked just a step ahead of box office powerhouse Julia Roberts when it came to cyber crooks using their names to lure Internet users to bogus Web sites booby-trapped with malicious software.

Movie stars and sexy models topped an annual “Most Dangerous Celebrities” list released by northern California-based McAfee, which is being bought by computer chip titan Intel in a deal valued at US$7.68 billion.

US President Barack Obama and failed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin sank to the bottom of McAfee’s annual list, making them less threatening topics for Internet searches.

“Cybercriminals often use the names of popular celebrities to lure people to sites that are actually laden with malicious software,” McAfee warned in a release.

“Anyone looking for the latest videos or pictures could end up with a malware-ridden computer instead of just trendy content.”

Internet searches centred on Diaz had a 1-in-10 chance of leading to risky Web sites designed to trick visitors into unwittingly downloading viruses that can seize control of computers or mine them for data, according to McAfee.

Nineteen percent of the Web sites in results for searches on the term “Cameron Diaz screensavers” were rigged with malicious code.

Downloading pictures or videos is particularly dangerous because nasty software can be easily concealed in files.

“Cybercriminals follow the same hot topics as consumers, and create traps based on the latest trends.”(AFP)












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