Cheryl Cole is the "Most Dangerous Celebrity" on the Web

By Gerald Lynch on at

A title that, somewhat incredibly, she takes from Emma Watson. It's not that either are personally sitting down and firing off trojans at your computer. Rather, the artist-formally-known-as-Cheryl-Cole (now Cheryl Ann Fernandez-Versini after her recent marriage) sees her name most likely to be hijacked by web n'er do wells when searched for in the UK.

Security specialists McAfee have found that 15 per cent of search results relating to "Cheryl Cole" return high-risk content, including phishing attempts, adware, malware and viruses. Adding the terms "video", "picture", "mp4s" or "downloads" to a Cheryl Cole search only heightens the chance of stumbling across an attempted hack.

The second most dangerous web celeb for UK browsers is Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, while popstar Jessie J rounds out the top three. In the US, 19.38 per cent of search results relating to chat show host Jimmy Kimmel return malicious content.

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