Cyber crooks leveraging Bollywood stars’ popularity to direct browsers to malicious websites

As a celebrity gains in popularity, netizens begin looking for the personality’s ‘hot pictures,’ ‘screensavers,’ ‘videos’ or free downloads. And with that comes trouble. Cyber-criminals, who get to know the pulse of an average net user, direct him or her to websites that have dangerous payloads.

McAfee, which researches such cyber tendencies, has found that adult star Sunny Leone, turned out to be the most dangerous celebrity in Indian cyberspace this year. Actors Katrina Kaif and Kareena Kapoor take up the second and third positions respectively in the list of ‘Most Dangerous Celebrities’ in 2012.

Cyber criminals use the names of celebrities to lure people to malicious sites that are designed to steal passwords and personal information. “This year too, we saw cyber crooks leveraging Bollywood stars. The maximum number of malicious software-laden sites pertained to Sunny Leone. This testifies [to] her top position as the most dangerous celebrity in Indian cyberspace in 2012,” said McAfee’s Lubna Markar.

  • Katrina Kaif, Kareena are second and third on the list

  • Unsuspecting net users led to sites designed to steal personal data