These celebrities are spreading malware

Everyone who is reading this post might have googled a celebrity at one time or another. The reason for the search could be your curiosity to know their dating or marital status or to know the details about their next upcoming album or film.

But criminals are found using famous names to attract innocent online users to web portals that are laced with malware. And this was discovered in a survey conducted by the Cyber Security firm named McAfee.

The list of Risky search results include

Avril Lavigne
Bruno Mars
Carly Rae Jepsen
Zayn Malik
Celine Dion
Calvin Harris
Justin Bieber
Katy Perry
Britney Spears

McAfee survey suggests that cybercriminals are found exploiting the fascination of the public with fake celebrity names that are being used to divert netizens towards potentially dangerous websites that can install malware or steal personal info.

So, it becomes imperative on what you click, especially users who are looking for search results related to the latest album or movies of their favorite stars. Remember, cyber crooks can leverage this opportunity to lure innocent users to malicious websites.

As a precautionary measure, online users are requested to browse content related to their favorite celebrities, movies, TV shows or pictures only from reliable sources in order to protect themselves from cyber fraud.
Furthermore, use an anti-malware solution on your PC which helps detect such kind of frauds in the budding stage.

Note- Reader’s opinion might differ with the above-stated list. And FYI, the listing was done based on the search terms which are being typed by the online users on Google search engine like  best model, sensuous model, A-rated stars, movie stars, political stalwarts, sportspersons and such… every month. And the above list was composed by McAfee with the help of Google API Console which helps in detecting popular mobile, PC and platform games search coupled with certain search modifications.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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