Armin van Buuren and Betty White among the 2015 most dangerous cyber celebs

McAfee has released its annual list of the most dangerous cyber celebs, i.e. which famous people’s search results generate the most links that lead to spyware, malware, phishing scams, viruses and other threats.

Topping the list is Electronic Dance Music DJ Armin van Buuren, taking over the top slot from Jimmy Kimmel (2014), who dethroned Lily Collins (2013). The site says nearly one in five results generated by Armin van Buuren searches are to malicious websites.

The report also says that people looking to download or listen to free music are the ones especially at risk.

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“Celebrity names combined with the terms ‘free MP4, ‘HD downloads,’ or ‘torrent’ are some of the most searched terms on the Web,” says Stacey Conner, online safety expert at Intel Security. “When consumers search for music that is not made available through legitimate channels, they put both their digital lives and devices at risk.”

Indeed, musicians make up seven of the Top 10 for 2015 — Luke Bryan, Usher, Britney Spears, Jay Z and Katy Perry make up spots two through six, with Lorde coming in at No. 9.

The only non-musicians on the list are Amy Schumer (7), Betty White (8) and Nina Dobrev (10).

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."