Kelly Brook ‘most dangerous’ for malicious website links

Published: Tuesday 29th September 2015 by The News Editor

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Kelly Brook has been named as the riskiest celebrity to search for online as part of a study into computer viruses and how hackers entice users to dangerous websites.

The model and TV personality was found to be the most dangerous search term in a study by Intel Security.

The report looked at the most famous people in popular culture, and analysed how many search results linked to them actually led to websites containing malicious software and viruses.

Katie Price was second on the list, with new X Factor judge Nick Grimshaw third.

Fellow X Factor judge Rita Ora was fourth on the list, which was last year topped by another judge from the ITV talent show, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, who dropped to 18th this year.

Intel Security’s Nick Viney said: “The desire for consumers to have access to the latest celebrity gossip can often make them vulnerable to cybercrime.

“Most consumers are unaware of the potential risks they are exposing themselves to by clicking on sites that provide them with the latest news and entertainment. But cyber-criminals are quick to exploit this desire for breaking celebrity news, leading consumers to sites that download harmful malware onto devices and steal their private data.”

Victoria Beckham was fifth on the list, just ahead of Kate Middleton, while Idris Elba, Frank Lampard, Jeremy Clarkson and Tom Hardy completed the top 10.

As well as publishing the list, Intel Security also offered advice to web users about searching for celebrities in order to find out the latest news about them. This included a warning to not click on links from third-party sources, instead using only official websites in order to prevent potential cyber attacks.

Published: Tuesday 29th September 2015 by The News Editor

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