Emma Watson named most ‘dangerous’ cyber celebrity

Emma Watson named most ‘dangerous’ cyber celebrity

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In this Friday , Nov. 12, 2010 image British actress Emma Watson poses for photographs, following the World Premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Emma Watson is leaving Hermione Granger behind, but the young actress whose character made it cool to be a studious teacher's pet will stay a role model for bookish young women off-screen, saying she's "addicted to knowledge" and motivated to keep learning while doing other film projects. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

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Associated Press

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 10 at 11:32 AM

NEW YORK—Emma Watson is the favorite celebrity bait for cyber criminals trying to lure Internet users.

McAfee said Monday that the “Harry Potter” star is the “most dangerous” celebrity to search for online. That’s because many sites use Watson to trick users into downloading malicious software or to steal personal information.
When searching for the 22-year-old Watson, there’s a one-in-eight chance of landing on a malicious site.
This is the sixth time the Intel-owned security technology company has conducted the study, which was last year topped by Heidi Klum. Female celebrities are far more likely to be utilized by cyber criminals: late-night host Jimmy Kimmel was the only male in the top 20.
Others among the riskiest celebrities to search online are Jessica Biel, Eva Mendes, Selena Gomez and Halle Berry.

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