McAfee, Inc. Names Three Days Grace the Most Dangerous 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards Nominee in Cyberspace

MARKHAM, ON – June 18, 2010 Canadian rock/metal band Three Days Grace is the most dangerous 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards nominee to search for in cyberspace, according to Internet security company McAfee, Inc. (NYSE: MFE). McAfee researched today’s finest musical talents to reveal the riskiest 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards-Nominated Artists. The latest McAfee research found that searches for teen sensation, Justin Bieber pose less threats compared to others.
Fans searching for “Three Days Grace” or Three Days Grace-related downloads, wallpaper, screen savers, photos and videos have a higher chance of landing at a Web site that’s tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware. Searching for the latest music artist news and downloads can cause serious damage to one’s personal computer.
The MuchMusic Video Awards air Sunday, June 20 at 9:00 p.m. ET on MuchMusic. Cybercriminals are using popular music icons’ names and images, like Beyoncé, Jason Derulo, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry and Adam Lambert, to lure surfers searching for the latest stories, screen savers and ringtones to sites offering free downloads laden with malware.
Who’s Number Two? Beyoncé
Award-winning American R&B recording artist is the second most dangerous 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards nominee.
Who’s Safer? Justin Bieber, Jay-Z and Miley Cirus
Sixteen-year-old Canadian soul-singing phenomenon, Justin Bieber, who’s touted as the world’s biggest pop star, is one of the safer nominees to search, among the risky celebrities. Jay-Z, one of the world’s most successful hip-hop artists, and American pop singer and actress, Miley Cyrus also ranked in the bottom-third of this year’s results.
McAfee compiled the list using the McAfee® SiteAdvisor® technology, of 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards nominee names that produce the largest number of risky sites and overall risk percentage when searched for on the Web. The top ten nominees include:

Position 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards Nominees


Three Days Grace – The popular Canadian rock band is an easy target for spammers and hackers.  When “Three Days Grace screensaver” was searched, almost half of the Web sites were identified as containing malicious downloads with spyware, adware and potential viruses.


Beyoncé – R&B singing sensation, Beyoncé, should be Googled with caution.  Inputting “Beyoncé downloads” into search engines yielded numerous dangerous Web sites linking to adware and spyware.


Katy Perry – Nominated for International Video of the Year artist, for her song “Waking Up In Vegas,” Katy Perry is a target for cybercriminals. Searching for “Katy Perry screensaver” linked to many harmful sites proven to contain spyware.


Alicia Keys – The award-winning R&B singer attracts many fans who want to download a screensaver of her. A search for “Alicia Keys screensaver” can direct users to red-rated sites that breached browser security.


Jason Derulo – American singer-songwriter, Jason Derulo, whose video for the song “Whatcha Say” is nominated for an Award, is susceptible to Internet lurkers too. Sites that were searched for “Jason Derulo downloads” contained nasty viruses.

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Avril Lavigne & Lil’ Wayne – Singer-songwriter from Napanee, Ontario, Avril Lavigne, and American rapper, Lil’ Wayne, tied in sixth place.


Adam Lambert – Pop singer and American Idol runner-up, Adam Lambert, now attracts many fans looking to download his songs, but can mislead unsuspecting surfers to sites with potentially damaging downloads.


Rihanna – Barbadian R&B recording artist, Rihanna, is a popular target for cybercriminals. A search for “Rihanna wallpaper” generated numerous downloads veiled with malware.


Trey Songz – American recording artist, nominated for his song “Successful” – a collaboration with one of hip hop’s most sought-after artists, Canadian rapper Drake, has a massive fan base. Searching for "Trey Songz downloads" resulted in several dangerous Web sites laden with hidden adware.   

“Cybercriminals watch stars too – they follow popular celebs to encourage the download of malicious software in disguise,” said Ross Allen, Canadian general manager at McAfee. “The fan’s obsession with music artist news, while theoretically harmless, can result in lots of computer damage at a mouse click.”
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