I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, that a recent study carried out by security software giant McAfee found that Emma Watson has replaced Heidi Klum as the “most dangerous” celebrity on the internet. The study found that women are more likely to be dangerous than men. The study also discovered that searchers related to Emma Watson are one-in-eight chances more likely to land on a malicious website.
Fans searching for “Emma Watson and free downloads,” “Emma Watson and nude pictures,” “Emma Watson and fakes,” and “Emma Watson and busted” are at risk of running into online threats designed to steal personal information. Clicking on these risky sites and downloading files like pictures and videos exposes surfers or consumers to the risk of downloading viruses and malware.
Emma has released a statement saying,
"Unfortunately there is nothing we can do to prevent this. However we can assure you that Emma’s official sites - www.emmawatson.com, www.facebook.com/emmawatson and www.twitter.com/emwatson - will always be safe.”
Similarly, Paula Greve, director of web security research at McAfee, released a statment,
“In today’s celebrity culture, consumers expect to be able to go online to catch up with the latest photos, videos, tweets, and stories about their favorite celebrities. Due to the richness of the data and the high interaction, often times consumers forget the risks that they are taking by clicking on the links. As the sophistication and expectations of consumers with respect to their online experience has increased, so has the level and ability to deliver malware either by malvertising, exploiting the user’s browser without their awareness, or masking malicious URLs behind shortened URLs.”
The top 10 women to fall under this list are: Emma Watson, Jessica Biel, Eva Mendes, Selena Gomez, Halle Berry, Megan Fox, Shakira, Cameron Diaz, Salma Hayek, and Sofia Vergara.