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<p></p> <p><strong><span> </span></strong>Computer hackers are always on the lookout for the newest trend or topic that keeps people glued to the web. Often, those hot button items are celebrities, and nothing seems to get scammers more excited than high-profile actors, musicians or models.Those behind malicious web pages and online scams and schemes use celebs as enticing bait to lure in unsuspecting victims, and the tricks they use seem to work time and time again.</p> <p>A simple Internet search for these following celebrities could lead to digital drama. Clicking on a corrupted link embedded by a hacker may trick users into divulging personal information or downloading malicious software that could do serious damage to their computers.</p> <p></p>

<strong>Prince William</strong>

<p></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>The engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Nov. 16 has attracted web scammers looking to capitalize on the worldwide interest in the royal couple.</p> <p>Dozens of malicious web pages appeared immediately following the announcement that the longtime pair is engaged, reported the security firm Sophos. Entering their names in a web search also reveals several pictures. When clicked on, the photos of the famous couple many of which appear on the first page of results direct traffic to fraudulent sites.</p> <p>The rogue pages are set up to trick users into believing they need to download antivirus software. If users are lured by the <a href="http://www.toptenreviews.com/ttr-reports-ch32-video-161.html?a_aid=aff1070">scam</a>, they will end up downloading malicious software that worms its way into the system and grants access to the hacker.</p> <p></p>

<strong>Harry Potter</strong>

<p></p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p>He's not a real celebrity, but the wizard star of the wildly popular Harry Potter films attracts enough attention in the web world to warrant a spot high up on the list.</p> <p>Several high-profile scams have used <a alt="((CONLINK|6382|Harry%20Potter))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/6382-harry-potter-scam-identity-theft.html">Harry Potter</a> as a target, and security threats reached a peak with the release of the penultimate film in the franchise, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."</p> <p>But just because the film is out doesn't mean the security scares will die down. Security company Symantec noted that a spam campaign surrounded the 2009 release of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and it seems a safe bet that hackers will be out in full force when the final Harry Potter film hits screens in 2011.</p> <p></p>

<strong><span>Michael Jackson</span></strong>

<p></p> <p><strong><span><br></span></strong></p> <p>According to the security blog Websense, 22.4 percent of all searches for current news end up directing traffic to malicious web pages. And no celebrity event generated more worldwide attention than Michael Jackson's death in June 2009.</p> <p>So it didn't come as much of a shock when a scam began circulating around Facebook in early November 2010 claiming that the <a alt="((CONLINK|6381|King%20of%20Pop))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/6381-facebook-scam-michael-jackson-faked-death.html">King of Pop</a> faked his own death. The scam campaign even promised a video with proof he was still alive! There was no video, obviously, only a complex scam that tricked users into downloading rogue software.</p> <p>It cannot be stressed enough how prevalent <a href="http://free-email-services-review.toptenreviews.com/its-not-the-irs-the-fdic-or-facebook-how-to-avoid-email-phishing-schemes.html?a_aid=aff1070">Facebook</a> has been in aiding scammers' nefarious activities. Along with Michael Jackson, scams targeting the remaining celebrities on the list and dozens of others spread quickly through the <a href="http://www.toptenreviews.com/ttr-reports-ch32-video-167.html?a_aid=aff1070">social networking</a> giant.</p> <p></p>

<strong><span>Miley Cyrus / Justin Bieber</span></strong>

<p></p> <p><strong><span><br></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span><br></span></strong></p> <p>Technically two celebrities, but both of the teen stars made equally enticing targets for scam artists in November. In both cases, the hacker behind the scam sent around a Facebook message claiming to have <a href="http://video-share-review.toptenreviews.com/?a_aid=aff1070">video</a> or photographic proof of the celebrity behaving badly.</p> <p>In <a alt="((CONLINK|6364|Justin%20Bieber&%23226;??s))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/6364--did-justin-bieber-hit-a-girl-no-you-got-scammed.html">Justin Bieber&#226;??s</a> case, it was a video titled, "OH MY GOD!...Justin BIEBER Hits Girl For NO Reason!"</p> <p>In the case of Miley Cyrus, a message titled, SICK! I lost all respect for <a alt="((CONLINK|6383|Miley%20Cyrus))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/6383-miley-cyrus-facebook-scam.html">Miley Cyrus</a> when I saw this photo, claimed to show the teen sensation doing something scandalous.</p> <p>But the only <a href="http://internet-filter-review.toptenreviews.com/tricks-pornographers-play.html?a_aid=aff1070">scandalous</a> thing was what happened to users' computers when they fell for the trick.</p> <p></p>

<strong>Cameron Diaz</strong>

<p></p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p>Rounding out the list of dangerous celebs is <a alt="((CONLINK|6308|Cameron%20Diaz))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/6308-online-searches-for-cameron-diaz-puts-your-computer-at-risk.html">Cameron Diaz</a> , who was ranked the Most Dangerous Celebrity by the security company McAfee.</p> <p>Online searches for the star of There's Something About Mary in 2010 came with a 1-in-10 chance users would land on a site festering with malicious software.</p> <p>Also included on that list were models Gisele Bundchen, Adriana Lima and Heidi Klum, proving that looks can kill your computer, too.</p> <p> </p>

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