Cybercriminals regularly exploit the public's fascination with celebrity culture to drive web users to malicious websites that can be used to install malware, steal personal information and even passwords. McAfee's investigation looked at which celebrities generate the riskiest search results that could potentially put their fans in harm's way. According to McAfee, more than one in 10 search results for free content from Craig David led to malicious websites, making him the most dangerous celebrity to search for online in the UK.
He wasn't the only musician on the list. In fact, every single one of the top 10 most dangerous celebrities were musicians. Emeli Sande was in second place, followed closely by ex-One Direction star and new dad Liam Payne - who beat his former band mate Zayn Malik (No. 10) in the lineup. The study highlights the dangers of clicking on suspicious links when searching for celebrity-focused content. McAfee said that those looking for returned the highest number of risky websites, so it's important for consumers to be vigilant and ensure they are searching safely.
Having the latest hit albums, videos and movies available on our connected devices immediately are a tempting proposition, said Nick Viney, consumer VP at McAfee. However, consumers need to be aware of the cybersecurity risks of clicking on links that promise the latest content from celebrities, particularly when they’re offering free content.