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Flavor Flav Named ‘Least Dangerous Celebrity in Cyberspace’

Searching for Flavor Flav on the Web poses virtually no danger of contracting malware, security analysts say. “Quite frankly, no one gives a rat’s ass about that guy,” one engineer explains.

By (@JRRaphael)

August 25, 2009

The story you're about to read is not (entirely) true. It is, however, more accurate than most things on network television.

Most Dangerous Celebs: Jessica BielFollowing McAfee’s release of its annual list of the “most dangerous celebrities in cyberspace,” an independent panel of security experts has announced the least dangerous celebs when it comes to searches online.

The McAfee “most dangerous” list, published Tuesday morning, names Jessica Biel as the riskiest celebrity on the Web. Searching for queries involving Biel’s name, the company reports, gives you a one in five chance of inadvertently accessing a Web site known for malware or other security threats. Beyonce, Jennifer Aniston, and Megan Fox also ranked highly on the list, as did Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, and Brad Pitt.

“Cybercriminals are star watchers too,” McAfee Avert Labs’ Jeff Green says. “They latch onto popular celebrities to encourage the download of malicious software in disguise.”

McAfee Dangerous Celebrities In CyberspaceSearches for Flavor Flav, however, appear to pose little to no threat; rather, results tend to focus only on VH1 reality show pages and dated videos of overweight white people imitating the rapper’s “yeeeuh, booooy” catchphrase.

“Our testing indicates that public interest in Flavor Flav dropped to miniscule levels around January of 2005, when the VH1 show ‘Strange Love’ debuted,” a security analyst explains. “Since then, it really hasn’t been worth attackers’ time to bother creating malware-infested sites attached to his name.”

Other celebrities found to be among the least dangerous in cyberspace include Danny Bonaduce, Rob Schneider, and that guy from “The Bachelor.”

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