Technology

The business and culture of our digital lives,
from the L.A. Times

Googling Heidi Klum? Prepare for a virus or two

Lrqxq9pd

Googling for news of Heidi Klum can waste a lot of time. It can also ruin your computer.

The German model and reality show host tops the Most Dangerous Celebrities list from computer security firm McAfee Inc. The annual study analyzes which famous names are used by cyber criminals to lure people to websites laced with viruses and other malicious content.

The study found that movie stars and models are far riskier to search for than musicians and sports stars. But searching for any celebrity name "continues to generate risky results," said a statement from Paula Greve, director of Web security research at McAfee.

Fans of the blond, statuesque Klum are especially in danger of a virus or two -- searches for " Heidi Klum and downloads," "Heidi Klum and screensavers," "Heidi Klum and hot pictures" and "Heidi Klum and videos" run a 10% chance of landing on a malicious site "that tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware," the company said.

The top 10 list includes:

1. Heidi Klum -- former Victoria's Secret model; host and producer of "Project Runway""

2. Cameron Diaz -- last year's Most Dangerous Celebrity

3. Piers Morgan -- British host of "Piers Morgan Tonight" is the most dangerous male name to search for

4. Jessica Biel -- formerly at No. 3

5. Katherine Heigl -- former "Grey's Anatomy" star moved into top 10 list for the first time

6. Mila Kunis -- recent roles in "Black Swan" and "Friends With Benefits" propelled her into the top 10.

7. Anna Paquin -- the "True Blood" star moved up from No. 10

8. Adriana Lima -- moved down from No. 6 last year

9. Scarlett Johansson -- has steadily become more "dangerous" as she's grown

10. Emma Stone, Brad Pitt and Rachel McAdams -- a three-way tie

RELATED:

Lost? May Yoda and Darth Vader guide you

'Star Wars' fans: The Stormtrooper helmet battle is over

Ashton Kutcher talks 'Two and a Half Men' and tech investing

-- Shan Li

Photo: Model and host Heidi Klum from television "Project Runway" arrives at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles September 18, 2011. Credit: Danny Moloshok/Reuters

 
Comments  ()

Connect

Recommended on Facebook


Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Videos

How to Reach Us

To pass on technology-related story tips, ideas and press releases, contact our reporters listed below.

To reach us by phone, call (213) 237-7163

Email: business@latimes.com

Andrea Chang
Armand Emamdjomeh
Jessica Guynn
Jon Healey
W.J. Hennigan
Tiffany Hsu
Deborah Netburn
Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Alex Pham
David Sarno


Categories


Archives