This is the fourth year running for software security firm McAfee's "Most Dangerous Celebrity" listing of the most likely search terms to generate malware-ridden results. A couple of trends are clear: You have a higher chance of encountering an infecting website or file searching for actors and models than for politicians. That reflects the calculation by virus writers that people are more likely to search for videos and pictures of entertainment celebrities on the Internet than their favorite Harry Reid YouTube appearance.
"This year, the search results for celebrities are safer than they've been in previous years, but there are still dangers when searching online," said Dave Marcus, security researcher for McAfee Labs. He added that while consumers are getting smarter about searching online, "cybercriminals are getting sneakier in their techniques. Now they're hiding malicious content in 'tiny' places like shortened URLs that can spread virally in social networking sites and Twitter, instead of on websites and downloads."
This year's Numero Uno: Actress Cameron Diaz. As coincidence would have it, Diaz, formerly romantically linked with Justin Timberlake, knocked her ex's current gal pal, Jessica Biel, to number 3. Last year, Biel was number 1. (This can get confusing.)
You'll find a gallery of the top ten in the image gallery. Happy searching.