10 Most Dangerous Celebrities Of 2015
Celebrities can be dangerous, at least when surfing the web. And Luke Bryan, Usher, and Britney Spears are some of the most dangerous ones out there.
On Tuesday, Intel unveiled its 2015 list of the “Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrities,” its annual look at which celebrity keywords most often lead to viruses and malware. In past years, as Gossip Cop has reported, stars ranging from Emma Watson and Lily Collins to Brad Pitt and Jimmy Kimmel have put computers in harms’ way. Now the company, which owns McAfee, has uncovered a new pattern.
Based on the most recent study, it seems searches for music stars more often lead to danger than others. Seven of the people on this year’s Top 10 list are musicians, and Intel has a theory as to why. Stacey Conner, an “online safety expert” at Intel Security says, “Celebrity names combined with the terms ‘free MP4, ‘HD downloads,’ or ‘torrent’ are some of the most searched terms on the Web. When consumers search for music that is not made available through legitimate channels, they put both their digital lives and devices at risk.”
Deejay Armin van Buuren tops this year’s list, up from the number two position last year. Intel says, “Clicking on results generated by searching for ‘Armin van Buuren’ combined with the terms ‘free MP4,’ ‘HD downloads,’ or ‘torrent’ yields almost a 1 in 5 chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.” That amounts to a percentage risk of 17.92.
Interestingly, Justin Bieber is just outside the Top 10 (number 11, to be exact) and searches for Kimmel have gotten somewhat safer, as he now ranks 26th. Check out the gallery of this year’s most dangerous celebrities below, and tell us what you think.