The Internet might be an amazing place to get all the news about your favourite movie star, but according to a new study, if you’re researching certain actors like Sunny Leone and Katrina Kaif, the chances of you clicking on a site with a virus are quite high.
A software security agency recently conducted a survey to gauge the odds of that actually happening. And according to their findings, those looking for information and pictures of Sunny Leone stand a 9.95 per cent chance of picking up some neat viruses.
“Around the world, content on sports and entertainment are two of the most searched as well as downloaded topics. India is no different, we are a Bollywood crazy country and cyber criminals use this passion for their criminal activities,” says Lubna Markar, senior marketing manager India and South Asia, McAfee.
She adds, “We want to know everything about our favourite stars. So it’s not only information, but also pictures and videos that attract fans.”
Second on McAfee’s Most Dangerous Celebrity 2012 Survey is Katrina Kaif, who in last year’s research had occupied the top spot. Incidentally, the one male actor on the entire list is Salman Khan, who ranks number 8, after the likes of Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and even Vidya Balan.
The study was carried out over a period of roughly two-months on search engines such as Google, Yahoo! and Bing. “We scanned the pages with the name of the celebrity and the most widely used download keywords (like screensaver, photo, downloads, wallpaper, videos, ring tone and lyrics, hot pictures, YouTube, free downloads, free TV). We calculated the risk quotient based on the number of risky sites that each celeb had,” says Markar.
While most Internet users don’t take the threat of picking up viruses from these sites seriously, Markar insists that the damage they are capable of causing isn’t something that should be ignored.
“Any malware infected site can use information for identity theft, monetary fraud, monitoring the user’s activity and even for misuse of the computer as a device that perpetuates other cybercrimes,” she says.
“In this day and age, your digital identity being stolen can not only mean loss of money, but can also land you in a trouble with the authorities. These viruses could crash your system or even monitor your online activities.”
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Sunny Leone: 9.95 per cent
Katrina Kaif: 8.25 per cent
Kareena Kapoor: 6.67 per cent
Priyanka Chopra: 6.5 per cent
Bipasha Basu: 5.58 per cent
Vidya Balan: 5.33 per cent
Deepika Padukone: 4.92 per cent
Salman Khan: 4.83 per cent
Aishwarya Rai : 4.58 per cent
Poonam Pandey: 4.25 per cent
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