Betty White is coming for you, World Wide Web! Intel Security released its annual list of the Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrities of 2015 on Tuesday, Sept. 29, and EDM DJ Armin van Buuren has replaced late-night host Jimmy Kimmel in the top spot, followed by some unsuspecting culprits including Britney Spears and Betty White.
According to Intel Security, the 9-year-old list looks to expose which celebrities generate the “most dangerous search results” making searchers on the Internet more vulnerable to viruses and malware.
“Armin van Buuren is the first DJ and the third male, following Brad Pitt in 2008 and Jimmy Kimmel in 2014, to find his way to the No. 1 spot (moving up from No. 2 in 2014),” the release from Intel states. Van Buuren’s search results are rather startling. According to the company, “Nearly 1 in 5 results generated by Armin van Buuren searches are links to malicious sites.”
The DJ is in good musical company, as he’s accompanied by the likes of country superstar Luke Bryan, hip-hop mogul Jay Z, and New Zealand’s pop prodigy Lorde. “Seven of the top 10 are musical artists, ranging from EDM artists to country, hip hop and pop,” the company notes. Music stars who didn’t make the top 10, but were still considered dangerous include Justin Bieber (No. 11), Rihanna (No. 12), Jennifer Lopez and Kenny Chesney (tied at No. 13), and Selena Gomez (No. 14). Surprisingly, Kanye West and Miley Cyrus trailed the others at spots 16 and 19, respectively.
The company adds that search terms generated around pop culture events can wield more dangerous results. “Cybercriminals are always looking for ways to take advantage of consumer interest around popular culture events including award shows, TV show and movies premieres, album releases, celebrity breakups, and more,” Intel states. “They capitalize on this interest by enticing unsuspecting consumers to sites laden with malware, which enables them to steal passwords and personal information.”
Clumping the categories together, funny female search terms were also more susceptible to spyware. These culprits include Amy Schumer, Melissa McCarthy, and shockingly… Betty White. No movie stars made the top 10 list in 2015, but the most dangerous celebrities on the big screen include Nicole Kidman (No. 15), Zac Efron (No. 17), Sandra Bullock (No. 19), and Jennifer Lawrence (No. 20).
Two Kardashians also made the list of dangerous celebrities, but not the top 10. Kylie Jenner topped her more famous big sister, Kim Kardashian, at No. 24, compared to Kim K.’s No. 28. Two Vampire Diaries stars, surprisingly, were considered most dangerous among their television peers. Nina Dobrev made the top 10 cut, followed by her former costar Paul Wesley (No. 18).
Take a look at the top 10 list below:
1. Armin van Buuren, 17.92%
2. Luke Bryan, 17.64%
3. Usher, 16.67%
4. Britney Spears, 16.39%
5. Jay Z, 15.83%
6. Katy Perry, 14.86%
7. Amy Schumer, 14.72%
8. Betty White, 14.03%
9. Lorde, 13.61%
10. Nina Dobrev, 13.19%
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