The lead singer and one of the founder members of the Rolling Stones, the iconic Mick Jagger is named one of the dangerous celebrities to search for online according to a cyber-security firm.
McAfee, a cyber-security firm, shares a list of celebrities whose names most commonly appeared alongside search phrases such as torrent, free mp3, nudes, or pirated download. This way hackers use celebrities to install malware on their devices.
On this year’s list, Mick Jagger has been named among the most dangerous celebrities to search for online and took the fifth spot. Since he is one of the most famous and influential musicians, online criminals use his name to draw people’s attention.
TV host Graham Norton came first, followed by Gervais and actor Tom Hardy. The rest of the list features Ruth Jones, Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, Kate Moss, Bella Hadid, and Mary Berry.
According to cyber-security firm McAfee, these celebrities are the most likely names to send you down an online rabbit hole that could put you at risk of malware and viruses.
Here is what McAfee’s Raj Samani said about online criminals using celebrities:
“We know that online criminals use consumers’ fascination with celebrity culture to drive unsuspecting fans to malicious websites that install malware on their devices.
So it’s no surprise that we’ve seen one of the UK’s most-loved national treasures topping the list, with hackers exploiting his popularity. Consumers are searching the web for free online entertainment now more than ever.”
You can reach the source of the statement here.