What’s the one Celebrity list no one ever wants to be seen on? We’ll give you a hint; it’s not the Worst Dressed list. It’s actually antivirus company McAfee’s yearly “Most Dangerous” list, which was just released again this week.
If you’re wondering what a celebrity has to do to get onto McAfee’s list, the truth is it’s not so much up to them as it is up to the hackers and scammers who use their names to use victims onto malware-infested sites. Whilst last year’s McAfee list included Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, ex-Disney Channel good girl Selena Gomez and Colombian singer Shakira, none of these famously lovely ladies make a secondary appearance on this year’s top 10 list. According to McAfee this is because scammers specifically target celebrities who have been featured prominently in popular culture lately.
This year’s crop of dangerous celebrities is topped by Lily Collins (daughter of the legendary Phil Collins) who starred in movies ‘Mirror Mirror’ and ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’. According to McAfee, a search for Miss Collins yields more than a 14.5% chance of ending up on a website featuring online threats such as spyware, adware, phishing scams and other malware. Joining Collins are Star Trek actress Zoe Saldana and pop princess Katy Perry, along with a sole male entry: Mad Men lead Jon Hamm.
McAfee researchers found that users are far more likely to encounter scams and malware when searching for female celebrities than males, which is why the list contains so many more women than men. According to security experts at McAfee, scammers and cybercriminals rely on the fact that many users are willing to sacrifice security for instant gratification when it comes to entertainment news and online media.