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When Danger Lurks in ‘Lily Collins’

Posted on 09/23/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

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Lily CollinsMove over, Emma Watson. The new Malware Maven is fellow actress Lily Collins.

The star of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Mirror, Mirror (and daughter of ’80s music icon Phil Collins) tops McAfee’s 2013 list of “Most Dangerous Celebrities”  to search for on the Web.

Roughly one in seven online searches of her name — along with words such as “free downloads,” “nude pictures” and “apps” — landed computer users on websites that the security vendor says “tested positive” for online malware threats designed to steal personal information such as user names, addresses and passwords.

Canadian singer Avril Lavigne, actress Sandra Bullock, comedian Kathy Griffin and Star Trek Into Darkness actress Zoe Saldana rounded out the top five.

Others on the Top 10 list include singers Katy Perry and Britney Spears; Mad Men star Jon Hamm (the only male), Victoria’s Secret model Adrianna Lima and actress Emma Roberts.

Last year’s “winner,” Harry Potter star Emma Watson, and runner-up Jessica Biel failed to crack this year’s list. Nor did 2011 winner Heidi Klum.

Collins reigns the seventh year in which the security vendor researches the performers most often used by cybercriminals to lure fans to rogue, malware-laden websites. Get more details on this year’s findings.

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