Online searches for celebrities return risky results

Every day, millions of searches are performed on Google, Bing, and other search engines. But some of these queries result in pages that are bad news for your computer, and many of these are from celebrity searches.

Security company McAfee has released the “Most Dangerous Celebrities” list, displaying what celebrities will – when searched online – return potentially malicious results laced with hidden nasties hell bent on stealing your personal data.

Topping the list this year is Heidi Klum, a former Victoria’s Secret model and producer of “Project Runway,” with a roughly one-in-ten chance of finding a malicious site when you search for her name.

“While slightly safer than last year, searching for top celebrities continues to generate risky results,” said Paula Greve, McAfee’s director of Web security research.  “Consumers should be particularly aware of malicious content hiding in ‘tiny’ places like shortened URLs that can spread virally in social networking sites, or through e-mails and text messages from friends.”

Also highly risky is Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Katherine Heigl, Heath Ledger, Mila Kunis, Rose Byrne, and Scarlett Johansson, with many of the results posing as photos and videos all the while being spyware and viruses.