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Brad Pitt tops celebrity malware website league

McAfee warns over fake celebrity websites

Brad Pitt is the top celebrity malware target according to McAfee, which says anyone entering his name in a search engine now has a one in five chance of finding a malware-hosting site instead.

McAfee's fake website malware league places Pitt ahead of Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Heidi Montag, Mariah Carey, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz, George Clooney and Angelina Jolie. Former number one Paris Hilton no longer even makes the top ten, according to McAfee's research, while last year's number 4 - Britney Spears - is also absent from the list.

"Cybercriminals employ numerous methods, yet one of the simplest but most effective way is to trick consumers into infecting themselves by capitalising on Americans' interest in celebrity gossip," said McAfee's Jeff Green. "Tapping into current events, pop culture or commonly browsed sites is an easy way to achieve this."

Hackers are using various keywords to lure in unsuspecting users - combining celebrity names with the terms such as 'screen savers' and 'ringtones' to encourage people to visit fake sites. McAfee said that when searching for 'Brad Pitt' screensavers, more than half of the resulting websites were identified as containing malicious downloads.


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