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Online threat for H'wood celebs

entertainment Updated: Sep 18, 2008 17:37 IST

Looking for information about Brad Pitt or Beyonce on the Web? It could be risky.

An internet security firm says Brad Pitt and Beyonce are the most dangerous celebrities to search for on the Internet because cybercriminals use their names to lure victims.

California-based McAfee Inc said fans searching for information and pictures of Pitt, or downloads, wallpaper and screen savers, have an 18 per cent chance of having their PCs infected with a virus, spyware, spam, phishing and adware.

One of the simplest, most effective ways to trick consumers into infecting their computers is by capitalising on interest in celebrity gossip, said Jeff Green of McAfee.

Pitt and singer Justin Timberlake are the most dangerous men to search for on the Internet, while Beyonce and Heidi Montag, the star of the US reality television show The Hills, top the list for women.

Other celebrities on McAfee’s most dangerous list include singers Mariah Carey, Rihanna and Fergie, and actors Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, Cameron Diaz and George Clooney.

Searches for David Beckham, Katie Holmes, Lindsay Lohan and Katherine Heigl are also risky.