Emma Watson named most 'dangerous' cyber celebrity

Sep 10, 2012
This Sept. 6, 2012 file photo shows actress Emma Watson at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. McAfee said Monday, Sept. 10, that the "Harry Potter" star is the "most dangerous" celebrity to search for online. That's because many sites use Watson to trick users into downloading malicious software or to steal personal information. When searching for the 22-year-old Watson, there's a one-in-eight chance of landing on a malicious site. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

(AP)—Emma Watson is the favorite celebrity bait for cyber criminals trying to lure Internet users.

McAfee said Monday that the "Harry Potter" star is the "most dangerous" celebrity to search for online. That's because many sites use Watson to trick users into downloading or to steal personal information.

When searching for the 22-year-old Watson, there's a one-in-eight chance of landing on a malicious site.

This is the sixth time the Intel-owned company has conducted the study, which was last year topped by Heidi Klum. Female celebrities are far more likely to be utilized by : late-night host Jimmy Kimmel was the only male in the top 20.

Others among the riskiest celebrities to search online are Jessica Biel, Eva Mendes, Selena Gomez and Halle Berry.

Explore further: Twitter rules out Turkey office amid tax row

3.5 /5 (2 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Cyber scams rife at social networks: Microsoft

May 12, 2011

Social networks are "lucrative hot beds" for cyber scams as crooks endeavor to dupe members of online communities, according to a Microsoft security report released on Thursday.

Shortened links may not be as malicious as thought

Apr 05, 2010

(AP) -- Link-shortening services such as TinyURL seem ideal for criminals because they can disguise the names of malicious sites. Yet on Twitter - one of the most popular places for them - they may not be nearly as malicious ...

Cyber crooks cranking out new weapons experts warn

May 23, 2012

Cyber criminals are cranking out new weapons at a brisk pace, tailoring malicious software for a spectrum of gadgets including smartphones, tablets, and Macintosh computers, a security firm said.

Cyber criminals cloak their tracks

Feb 13, 2008

The 2007 X-Force Security report from IBM finds a disturbing rise in the sophistication of attacks by criminals on Web browsers worldwide. According to IBM, by attacking the browsers of computer users, cyber criminals are ...

Hackers aim ruse at Apple computer users

May 26, 2011

Hackers are out to trick Apple computer users into infecting Macintosh machines with malicious code pretending to be legitimate security software.

Recommended for you

Twitter rules out Turkey office amid tax row

3 hours ago

Social networking company Twitter on Wednesday rejected demands from the Turkish government to open an office there, following accusations of tax evasion and a two-week ban on the service.

How does false information spread online?

6 hours ago

Last summer the World Economic Forum (WEF) invited its 1,500 council members to identify top trends facing the world, including what should be done about them. The WEF consists of 80 councils covering a wide range of issues including social media. Members come ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

bottomlesssoul
not rated yet Sep 10, 2012
It's great that Harry Potter series got more young people to read though it seems it may have inadvertently reduced critical thinking in it's fans. :-(

More news stories

Quantenna promises 10-gigabit Wi-Fi by next year

(Phys.org) —Quantenna Communications has announced that it has plans for releasing a chipset that will be capable of delivering 10Gbps WiFi to/from routers, bridges and computers by sometime next year. ...

Unlocking secrets of new solar material

(Phys.org) —A new solar material that has the same crystal structure as a mineral first found in the Ural Mountains in 1839 is shooting up the efficiency charts faster than almost anything researchers have ...

Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis

When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects—specifically, ...

New US-Spanish firm says targets rich mobile ad market

Spanish telecoms firm Telefonica and US investment giant Blackstone launched a mobile telephone advertising venture on Wednesday, challenging internet giants such as Google and Facebook in a multi-billion-dollar ...

Progress in the fight against quantum dissipation

(Phys.org) —Scientists at Yale have confirmed a 50-year-old, previously untested theoretical prediction in physics and improved the energy storage time of a quantum switch by several orders of magnitude. ...