Craig David Declared the UK's Unofficial Figurehead for Malware

By Gary Cutlack on at

Boring old computer security company McAfee has managed to associate itself with some celebrities today, revealing the famous names who are used to lure unsuspecting streamers and downloaders to malware-ridden sites.

The winner, or perhaps loser, is Craig David, who is apparently the most dangerous person in the UK to search for, thanks to malware spreaders using him as a sort of digital trojan horse to infect your mum's laptop should she try to listen to some of his new material for free on the internet rather than get the CD from ASDA.

McAfee says: "...consumers need to be aware of the cybersecurity risks of clicking on links that promise the latest content from celebrities, particularly when they're offering it for free. They need to slow down and assess the links and sources that are showing up in search results," particularly Craig David fans, it seems, as they're the most likely to click on the weird big animated DOWNLOAD button that's actually a link to bad man's server.

It found that more than one in ten search results for terms like "Craig David free MP3" returned dodgy paid results that could end up with your computer going slow and banners appearing even when you're only slogging through Excel documents.

In America, by the way, it's Avril Lavigne. [BBC]

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