Be careful with that link promising provocative photos of actress Emma Watson -- it could be a lure for digitally transmitted diseases.
The actress best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" film series replaced supermodel Heidi Klum atop McAfee's 2012 list of "most dangerous celebrities" to search online. Fans who query "Emma Watson and nude pictures" or "Emma Watson and busted" run a 1-in-8 chance of landing on a site that has tested positive for viruses and other malicious software, according to the security technology company.
"It goes without saying that we are a celebrity-obsessed culture. We hyper-focus on their lives, what they look like, what they're doing," said Robert Siciliano, McAfee’s online security expert. "Currently Emma Watson is one of those people that criminals have determined is a good target, based on the demographics of those who pay attention to her."
Cybercriminals use the names of popular celebrities to lure people to sites that contain malicious software used to steal passwords and personal information. Siciliano said criminals know that they can dupe a teen-age boy to click on a link that infects the family's computer -- potentially giving them access to, say, a parent's tax files that contain social security numbers.