FIFA World Cup: Why Searching for Cristiano Ronaldo Online is not a Great Idea

FIFA World Cup stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Fernando Torres may have a huge fan following but it is precisely this that can help cybercriminals infect systems with malware.

updated: June 05, 2014 12:22 IST
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo during a training session.


Cybercriminals are most likely to use names of famous footballers like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to lure netizens to malicious webpages designed to infect them with malware, cyber security firm McAfee said.

McAfee, part of Intel Security, has brought out 'Red Card Club' list showcasing the top 11 Brazil-bound football players whose web pages are considered to be risky for fans to search for online.

Other names in include Spain's Iker Cassillas, Karim Ziani (Algeria), Karim Benzema (France), Paulinho (Brazil), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay), Fernando Torres (Spain), Eden Hazard (Belgium) and Gerard Pique (Spain) .

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  • FIFA World Cup 2014
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  • Fernando Torres
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