It’s the celebrity list that no celebrity wants to appear on — it’s McAfee’s annual list of “most dangerous” celebrities, ranked by how dangerous it is search for them on the Internet (and how likely you are to click on sites with malware that allows cyber criminals to steal passwords and personal information).
This year, Lily Collins topped the list, followed closely by Avril Lavigne and Sandra Bullock. Haven’t heard of Lily Collins before? The daughter of Phil Collins starred in “Mirror, Mirror” and “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.”
Interestingly, only one man makes the list: Jon Hamm, who ranked 8 on the list.
“Today’s consumers often are completely unaware of security risks when searching for celebrity and entertainment news, images and videos online, sacrificing safety for immediacy,” said Paula Greve, director of web security research at McAfee, in a statement. “Cybercriminals prey on consumers’ addiction to breaking news and leverage this behavior to lead them to unsafe sites that can severely infect their computers and devices and steal personal data.”
Searching for a celebrity name coupled with the search terms “free app download” and “nude pictures” resulted in the highest instances of malware-laden sites, according to McAfee. The study uses McAfee SiteAdvisor site ratings, which indicate which sites are risky to search when attached to celebrity names on the internet to calculate an overall risk percentage.
McAfee’s research found that searching for Lily Collins pictures and downloads yields more than a 14.5% chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.
“With notoriety like she has, the bad guys are bound to pay attention,” writes Robert Siciliano, online security and safety evangelist to McAfee, in a blog post.
Last year Emma Watson topped the list.
Here is McAfee’s list:
1. Lily Collins
2. Avril Lavigne
3. Sandra Bullock
4. Kathy Griffin
5. Zoe Saldana
6. Katy Perry
7. Britney Spears
8. Jon Hamm
9. Adriana Lima
10. Emma Roberts