Amy Schumer 'most dangerous celebrity online'
Amy Schumer’s latest accolade is no laughing matter, as she has been named as the most dangerous celebrity on the internet.
A study suggests web users who search for information about the comedian have a 16% chance of being exposed to websites riddled with malware and viruses.
While Schumer fans are at greatest risk of falling victim to cyber criminals, people who search for Justin Bieber, Will Smith, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus are also particularly vulnerable.
Intel Security’s research found some fraudsters are creating malicious webpages which claim to offer the latest gossip about these celebrities, as well as free downloads.
Although some of these unsafe websites do provide authentic information, malware is often embedded in downloads and only spotted by victims when it is too late.
Social media is another minefield, with some Twitter and Facebook accounts masquerading as legitimate news sources and offering links to risky pages.
Cyber criminals also appear to be capitalising on the popularity of file-sharing services such as torrents, which are often used for illegal downloads.
When the phrase “Amy Schumer torrent” is searched online, the risk of connecting to a malicious website jumps to 33% – potentially leaving the credit card details and personal information of unsuspecting fans exposed.
Gary Davis, of Intel Security, said: “Consumers today remain fascinated with celebrity culture and go online to find the latest pop culture news.
“With this craving for real-time information, many search and click without considering potential security risks. Cyber criminals know this and take advantage of this behaviour.”
The report advises surfers to only go to official websites for news, music releases and video downloads – as well as taking extra care to avoid “phishing”, where crooks replicate the design of a website to try and deceive visitors into thinking it is the real thing.
Another tip is to think twice before giving out personal details – especially social media logins and credit card numbers – as the consequences of identity theft can be costly.