Commenting on the findings of the report, Venkatasubrahmanyam Krishnapur, senior director, McAfee India, said, "In a celebrity crazy country such as India, cyber criminals find it very lucrative to use the names of popular figures as keywords to lure people to websites with malicious software." "This year's study found movie stars top the ''most dangerous'' list, while sports stars and politicians are among the safest,'' he said.
Fans looking for results on search engines using strings such as 'name of celebrity' combined with words like 'free downloads', 'hot pictures', 'screen savers', and 'videos' are at risk of running themselves into websites with malicious software and online threats designed to steal personal information. ''Searching for top celebrities continues to generate risky results,'' said Paula Greve, director of Web security research at McAfee.
''Consumers should be particularly aware of malicious content hiding in 'tiny' places like shortened URLs that can spread virally in social networking sites, or through e-mails and text messages from friends.'' The study for 'Most Dangerous Celebrity' used the McAfee Site Advisor site ratings, which indicate 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:
Saif Ali Khan
Shah Rukh Khan