As a celebrity gains in popularity, netizens begin looking for the personality’s ‘hot pictures,’ ‘screensavers,’ ‘videos’ or free downloads. And with that comes trouble. Cyber-criminals, who get to know the pulse of an average net user, direct him or her to websites that have dangerous payloads.
McAfee, which researches such cyber tendencies, has found that adult star Sunny Leone, turned out to be the most dangerous celebrity in Indian cyberspace this year. Actors Katrina Kaif and Kareena Kapoor take up the second and third positions respectively in the list of ‘Most Dangerous Celebrities’ in 2012.
Cyber criminals use the names of celebrities to lure people to malicious sites that are designed to steal passwords and personal information. “This year too, we saw cyber crooks leveraging Bollywood stars. The maximum number of malicious software-laden sites pertained to Sunny Leone. This testifies [to] her top position as the most dangerous celebrity in Indian cyberspace in 2012,” said McAfee’s Lubna Markar.
The study for ‘Most Dangerous Celebrity’ used the McAfee® SiteAdvisor® site rating which indicates the sites that are risky to search for celebrity names on the web and calculate an overall risk percentage. The top 10 celebrities in India from this year’s study with the highest risk percentages are:
1. Sunny Leone
This sexy Canadian model/actress who made headlines with her presence in the celebrity reality show BigBoss , ranks first with 9.95% chances of luring people into clicking on malicious links.
2. Katrina Kaif
India’s ‘chikni chameli’ was the most dangerous Indian celebrity of 2011, but has slipped down to the 2nd position this year with a risk percentile of 8.25%
3. Kareena Kapoor
The 3rd Most Dangerous Celebrity and winner of six film fare awards has a 6.67% possibility of making users fall into a trap of malware laden websites.
4. Priyanka Chopra
This former Miss World who has been the reigning queen of Bollywood occupies the 4th position on the Most Dangerous Celebrities list with a risk percentile of 6.5%.
5. Bipasha Basu
With Raaz 3, this Bengali bombshell has moved up the ranking from 8th in 2011 to the 5th position in 2012. She has a 5.58% percentile of leading users to a malicious site.
6. Vidya Balan
After her ‘Dirty Picture’, Vidya Balan has a 5.33 % chance of leading users to malicious sites. The versatile Indian actress has marked her presence even in the cyber space.
7. Deepika Padukone
This sultry actress of ‘Cocktail’ fame, was the 2nd most dangerous celebrity in the year 2011, but has plummeted to 7th position this year, with a 4.92% chance of being led to a malicious website.
8. Salman Khan
One of the most sought after stars in Bollywood, Salman Khan has redefined the trends of the Hindi film industry with his roles in movies such as Dabangg and Ek Tha Tiger. With a risk percentile of 4.83%, he is on the eighth position in our Most Dangerous Celebrities ranking.
9. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Touted as ‘the most beautiful woman in the world’, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, is the ninth most dangerous celebrity in India with a risk percentile of 4.58%.
10. Poonam Pandey
The Kingfisher calendar girl who was also amongst the top 8 contestants in ‘Gladrags 2010’, has a risk percentile of 4.25% and is the tenth most dangerous celebrity.