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Cameron Diaz used most often as malware bait

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 23 Aug 2010 0:17 User comments (3)

Cameron Diaz used most often as malware bait According to security company McAfee, actress Cameron Diaz is used most often as malware bait, with search strings using her name having a ten percent chance of coming up with an infected site.
Dave Marcus, McAfee's director of security research and communication says searching for "Cameron Diaz and screensavers" increases that rate to 20 percent.

McAfee, as it has done since 2007, compiled the search phrases containing names of celebrities, athletes and politicians trying to calculate the percentage of sites that are tagged as dangerous.

Diaz surpassed Jessica Biel, last year's "champion," who fell to third place. Julia Roberts took second, while Gisele Buendchen and Brad Pitt rounding out the list.

"It's a simple fact. The bad guys read the same news as the good guys,"
said Marcus.

Marcus also explained why Diaz jumped so high, as the McAfee list was composed during the month where two of her films were in theaters, "Knight and Day" and "Shrek Forever After."

Phishers and attackers use the names to trick unsuspecting users into visiting malicious sites, which then installs malware on their computers.

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3 user comments

123.8.2010 1:18

"According to security company McAfee, actress Cameron Diaz is used most often as malware bait, with search strings using her name having a ten percent chance of coming up with an infected site"

Searching for McAfee gets lots of viral websites...like McAffe.com

231.8.2010 15:58

Jeez, I would have thought it would have been that chick from the Transformers movies or the one from the Twilight films.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 31 Aug 2010 @ 15:59

331.8.2010 18:28

Originally posted by Jemborg:
Jeez, I would have thought it would have been that chick from the Transformers movies or the one from the Twilight films.
Not everyone has your good taste. That was my thought and the only reason I checked this out. I don't think I would want to date her. A screen saver with her face would kill me!

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