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IMAGES: 2012's most dangerous celebrities!

Last updated on: September 11, 2012 17:34 IST

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Web security company McAfee has released a list of 'most dangerous' celebrities to search for online -- we bring you the top 10.

In the following pages are the top 10 favourite famous personalities cyber criminals use to try and lure Internet users into downloading malicious software or to steal personal information.

The list, compiled by security technology giant McAfee, is now in its sixth year and was topped in 2011 by German supermodel Heidi Klum.

Here's are the candidates for 2012!

10. Sofia Vergara

 The sizzling Latina and Modern Family star was the 10th riskiest name to look up online.

Input: ANI


Image: Sofia Vergara
Photographs: Cover of GQ Mexico, May 2012

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9. Salma Hayek

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Fellow Latina Salma proved even more of a risk, making it to ninth position.


Image: Salma Hayek
Photographs: Campari ad campaign

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8. Cameron Diaz

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In at eight, the risk Cameron carries is on the decline -- she was the most dangerous celeb of all in 2010!


Image: Cameron Diaz
Photographs: Cover of Madame Figaro Magazine (France), July 2011

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7. Shakira

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Another Latina within the top 10! The pop star was sixth on Forbes' list of Top 10 Best Social Media Superstars this year -- and unfortunately, she figures on McAfee's danger list too.


Image: Shakira
Photographs: Cover of Women's Health Turkey, January 201

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6. Megan Fox

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Currently in the news for her pregnancy, hottie Megan has hopped up nine places from Number 15 last year.


Image: Megan Fox
Photographs: Cover of CKM Magazine (Poland), October 2009
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5. Halle Berry

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Rounding off the top five we have Catwoman Halle, whose name is associated with malware and risky websites galore.


Image: Halle Berry
Photographs: Halle by Halle Berry perfume ad campaign

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4. Selena Gomez

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The fourth most dangerous cyber celeb is Disney cutie Selena, who also figures among Forbes' Top 10 Best Social Media Superstars.


Image: Selena Gomez
Photographs: Cover of Elle Magazine, July 2012

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3. Eva Mendes

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The sultry Eva is a new addition on McAfee's round-up and made a rather high debut in third spot.


Image: Eva Mendes
Photographs: Cover of Maxim UK, March 2008
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2. Jessica Biel

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She was 2009's most dangerous star and Jessica's risen two spots this year, from fourth place in 2011.


Image: Jessica Biel
Photographs: Cover of Tatler Russia, July 2012

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1. Emma Watson

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The Harry Potter star is 2012's favourite bait -- MacAfee said many fraudulent sites use her name to attract users.

When searching for the 22-year-old actress, there is a one-in-eight chance of landing on a malicious site.

Read on for a few observations from the security firm about this year's list!


Image: Emma Watson
Photographs: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

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Beware of supermodels!

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Besides the majority of Latino stars, who made up five of the top 10, McAfee warned that supermodel searches can also result in landing up on a risky site -- Elle Macpherson, Bar Refaeli and Kate Upton made it to 16, 17 and 20 respectively.


Image: (L-R) Kate Upton, Elle Macpherson and Bar Refaeli
Photographs: (L-R) Ad campaigns for Beach Bunny swimwear, Invisible Zinc and Passionata lingerie

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Musicians are not safe

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Young recording artists also pose a risk. Besides Selena Gomez and Shakira, country star Taylor Swift is also a force to reckon with -- she was placed fifteenth.


Image: Taylor Swift
Photographs: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

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Women are more dangerous than men

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And finally, it seems male searches are not quite as perilous as women's -- comedian and TV chat show host Jimmy Kimmel was the only man to figure in the top 20 at 13.

Piers Morgan and Brad Pitt, who made it in 2011, have dropped off the radar, as have other stars like Heidi Klum, Mila Kunis, Adriana Lima and Scarlett Johansson.


Image: Jimmy Kimmel
Photographs: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

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Source: ANI