Searching for Jessica Biel

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Searching for Jessica Biel


O'Rourke, Morgan, Risk Management


Jessica Biel is an internet menace. In recent years, cybercriminals have adopted the technique of using celebrities' names and images to lure surfers searching for the latest stories, screen savers and ringtones to sites offering free downloads laden with malicious applications.

And according to the security technology company McAfee, Bid, a movie star best known for her roles in The Illusionist, I Now Prounounce You Chuck & Larry and Blade: Trinity is the most dangerous celebrity to search for on the internet. The company found that 20% of searches for "Jessica Bid," "Jessica Biel photos," "Jessica Biel videos," Jessica Biel wallpaper," "Jessica Biel screensavers" or " Jessica Biel downloads" led to sites that contain computer threats, viruses, phishing, spyware, adware and spam. Brad Pitt, who occupied the top spot in last year's survey, dropped to #11 this year.

The findings indicate that cyber-criminals are just as interested in celebrity news and gossip as anyone else. "Cybercriminals are star watchers, too," said McAfee Senior Vice President Jeff Green. "They latch on to popular celebrities to encourage the download of malicious software in disguise. …

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