search and destroy
Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 20, 2010 11:15 AM
Antivirus software maker McAfee isn't just going to Intel for a cool $7 billion-plus in cash. It's also warning Web users about the dangers of celebrity-seeking online.
Let's say you're interested in Eat, Pray, Love and searching for the latest on Julia Roberts. Simply searching for her name—or that of a raft of other celebs—attracts phishing attempts and all manner of dastardly Internet scams. But it's not Roberts who's causing all the mayhem online.
That honor goes to Cameron Diaz, who Intuit named as 2010's "most dangerous celebrity in cyberspace" for her personal brand's online allure to fans and criminals alike.
“People love searching for their favorite celebrities but just don’t understand the dangers," says Dave Marcus, McAfee's security researcher who heads up the annual celebrity online-crime study. "We’re not saying don’t search for these celebrities, but there are some risks associated with it.”Continue reading...