I know this article is not about recent cyber-attacks, but I did find it quite intriguing. In general, I am not a super fan of any celebrity, so my search history does not usually include any known actors, actresses, etc. And I am not one to look for an instant download of my favorite artist’s new, released song. However, it was a good read to see the other methods cybercriminals are utilizing.
McAfee released its annual report regarding the riskiest celebrities to search for online. Avril Lavigne was top on the list. These search results can potentially expose fans to malicious websites. Other top celebrities were Amy Schumer, Emma Watson, Carly Rae Jepsen, Zayn Malik and Celine Dion. Cybercriminals are using peoples’ obsessions with celebrities to direct users to malicious websites which can install malware, steal personal information or passwords. Today, people want the latest music, movies, etc. and they want it instantly. Sadly, people tend to choose convenience over security by clicking on unfamiliar links that has the latest content they are searching for.
Also, I was not aware that McAfee released this type of report.