Celebrities Who Will Wreck Your Laptop
McAfee says these famous people are too dangerous to Google.
Did you know, as Halloween approaches, that the scariest thing online is comedienne Amy Schumer? Google her at your peril. McAfee's Most Dangerous Celebrities List, now in its 10th year, ranks the most malware-adjusted celebrities online. (McAfee, of course, is a computer security company that sells antivirus and antimalware software.)
Some people might be surprised to learn that Amy Schumer—and not say, Leonardo DiCaprio or Angelina Jolie, who've been around longer—is System Security Enemy No. 1.
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But Intel points out that Schumer kicked off a world tour this fall. Schumer's appeal also reflects a broader movement among TV viewers to "cut the cable cord," the company reports.
Scammers have taken notice. Search for ‘Amy Schumer Torrent’ and you have a 33% chance of linking to a malicious website.
Justin Bieber, at No. 2, may strike you as being a less surprising choice, perhaps because he's able to supplement his fame by acting like an idiot.
But whichever of these celebs you choose to google, various hackers, criminals, and other miscreants are waiting for you, with dangerous links at the ready. Click at your own risk.
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The Whole List
Here is McAfee's complete list of the Top 10 Most Dangerous Celebrities of 2016:
1. Amy Schumer
2. Justin Bieber
3. Carson Daly
4. Will Smith
6. Miley Cyrus
7. Chris Hardwick
8. Daniel Tosh
9. Selena Gomez
And just in case morbid curiosity has got the better of you, here's a list of McAfee's No. 1 Most Dangerous Celebs for each of the past ten years for which the "award" has been given:
2007 Paris Hilton
2008 Brad Pitt
2009 Jessica Biel
2010 Cameron Diaz
2011 Heidi Klum
2012 Emma Watson
2013 Lily Collins
2014 Jimmy Kimmel
2015 Armin van Buuren
2016 Amy Schumer
Talk about a rogues' gallery of personalities tracking a nation's unhealthy obsessions! It's been quite a decade. So. Much. Malware.
Asked why he robbed banks, Willie Sutton memorably replied, "Because that's where the money is." Cybercriminals are out to rob people's information online, so they go where the people are online—pop culture sites.
“Consumers today remain fascinated with celebrity culture and go online to find the latest pop culture news,” said Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at Intel Security. “Cybercriminals know this and take advantage of this behavior by attempting to lead them to unsafe sites loaded with malware."
I Need My Schumer Fix!
We get it. You're addicted to pop culture. You love celebrities. Amy Schumer is the bomb. And you're going to search for Schumer no matter what. So Intel has some common-sense suggestions to help you avoid falling into the malware pit while you gawk. Like taking care when searching for the word "torrent," and never clicking third-party links (instead, go directly to the source for your photo of Amy—to Comedy Central's site, for example).
For a complete list of do's and don'ts, check out Intel's article "Amy Schumer is No. 1 on the 2016 McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities List."