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Black widow Heidi Klum named most dangerous celebrity in cyberspace

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A word to the wise, and those who fancy German supermodels: Project Runway host Heidi Klum has been named the most dangerous celebrity in cyberspace, in the annual survey conducted by internet security firm McAfee. Klum, who actually legally adopted husband Seal's last name of Samuel in 2009, edged out last year's celebrity most likely to attract malware and viruses, former A-Rod belt-notch, Cameron Diaz.

McAfee warned that searching for downloads and screensavers of the willful beauty leads to a nearly ten-percent chance of winding up on a malicious website, where spyware, spam, phishing, and other viruses try to jack your personal info. The third riskiest celebrity to track on the internet, after Diaz, is, oddly enough, talk-show host Piers Morgan, the only male in the top-ten list.

McAfee said that singers and sports stars tend to be safer searches than movie stars and models. According to McAfee's director of web security research, Paula Greve, "While slightly safer than last year, searching for top celebrities continues to generate risky results. Consumers should be particularly aware of malicious content hiding in "tiny" places like shortened URLs that can spread virally in social networking sites, or through e-mails and text messages."

So, to the aforementioned German-supermodel fanciers: if you're bored and in search of a little Teutonic cheesecake, I suggest you seek out Claudia Schiffer.

Following is the top-ten list of the most dangerous celebrities in cyberspace:

1. Heidi Klum

2. Cameron Diaz

3. Piers Morgan

4. Jessica Biel

5.  Katherine Heigl

6. Mila Kunis

7. Anna Paquin

8. Adriana Lima

9. Scarlett Johansson

10. Emma Stone, Brad Pitt, Rachel McAdams