McAfee researchers report that Web searches for Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo are more likely to lead to malware than those for any other soccer player. Searching for Ronaldo's name brings the highest risk, at just over 6 percent, with Swedish player Zlatan Ibrahimovic following at 5 percent, then England's Steven Gerrard with 4.5 percent.
"The study pulls data from McAfee's SiteAdvisor and indicates which sites are risky when searching for names of famous players and teams participating in Euro 2012," writes Computer Business Review's Steve Evans. "It uses these stats to calculate a percentage of overall risk."
"Fans on the internet looking for 'Cristiano Ronaldo,' 'Cristiano Ronaldo and download,' 'Cristiano Ronaldo and photos' or 'Cristiano Ronaldo and videos' may run into online threats that could steal their personal information," Help Net Security reports. "Clicking on these dangerous sites to download files like photos, videos or screensavers may expose them to viruses and malware."
"Italian players dominated the rankings, with Buffon (3.8 percent), Giorgio Chiellini (3.7 percent), Balotelli (3.4 percent), Pirlo (3.3 percent), Di Natale (3.3 percent), Cassano (3.1 percent) and De Rossi (1.8 percent) making up the top ten," SC Magazine reports.
"McAfee used the same principle to find the most dangerous teams competing in [Euro 2012]," Infosecurity reports. "France and Portugal are the most dangerous, with a risk rating of 7.1 percent each. Germany ... is only third with a rating of 5.4 percent; closely followed by England with 5.3 percent."
"The company noted that merchandise searches were particularly dangerous, as were links for screensaver files," writes V3.co.uk's Shaun Nichols. "Athletes and celebrities have long been popular lures for malware writers. Euro 2012 has been particularly perilous subject of late as attack sites often prefer to target trending terms and subjects."