According to world's largest security technology company McAfee's Research, "Sunny Leone" emerged as the most dangerous celebrity in the Indian cyber space this year, followed by Katrina Kaif.
For the sixth year in a row, McAfee researched popular culture's most famous people to reveal riskiest celebrity sportsmen, actors and politicians across the web to reveal the 2012 rendition of ‘Most Dangerous Celebrity’ research.
In the India ranking this year, Sunny Leone displaced Katrina Kaif, who owned this title in the 2011 edition of this annual research.
Commenting on the findings of the report, Lubna Markar, Sr. Marketing Manager India & South Asia, McAfee, said,"Cyber criminals continue to leverage top celebrities to lure people to websites with malicious software.This year too, we saw cyber crooks leveraging Bollywood stars whereby the maximum number of malicious software laden sites pertained to Sunny Leone. This testifies her top position as the most dangerous celebrity in Indian cyberspace in 2012,"
Cyber criminals follow the latest trends, often using the names of popular celebrities to lure people to malicious sites designed to steal passwords and personal information. 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 such sites. This year, searching for a celebrity name with "sex videos" and "free downloads" as part of the search term resulted in the highest number of risky sites.
The study for"Most Dangerous Celebrity" used the McAfee SiteAdvisor site rating which indicates the sites that are risky to search for celebrity names on the web and calculate an overall risk percentage.