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McAfee - Alia Bhatt is the Riskiest Celebrity in Indian Cyberspace

Ibtimes.co.in reported on 13th October, 2014 stating that security firm McAfee has revealed in a recent survey the names of most-searched Indian celebrities in Indian cyberspace with Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt topping its list.

As per the eighth edition of McAfee's most sensational survey, cyber criminals are taking advantage of the public's fascination for celebrities and entice them to websites maligned with malware enabling them to embezzle passwords and personal details.

Alia lead the list with 81 infected search results followed by Aamir Khan (78 malicious sites), Priyanka Chopra (69), Shahrukh and Salman Khan (64 each), Katrina Kaif (63), Shradha Kapoor (62), Ranveer Singh (61), Deepika Padukone (60), Hrithik Roshan (59) and Sonakshi Sinha with 58 malware ridden websites to her name.

The Times of India published news on 13th October, 2014 quoting the details and confirmation of the survey by Venkat Krishnapur, Vice-President of Engineering-Consumer, Business Group, McAfee India Center as "Fans treat Celebrities like demi-gods and want to know everything about their favorite stars by downloading their latest pictures, wall papers and music videos. So it's not only information but also videos and pictures which lure fans to search for their favorite star on the Internet. We have found from the survey that cyber criminals look for 2 things which are most popular and loved celebrity and the most trending celebrity and Alia Bhatt has been trending recently because of her new movies, selfies, Internet memes, spoof videos, etc."

He added that cyber criminals are constantly searching for ways to take advantage of fans interest related to TV shows, movies and latest trends of celebrities.

Surprisingly, Kareena Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar and Sunny Leone who stood at 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th positions respectively last year have all dropped out of this year's list.

McAfee advised that users must be aware about clicking links of third party and should ensure the usage of web protection which informs users about any fake sites or links before they visit or click them.

Moreover, users should avoid downloading videos from suspected websites and "free downloads" as it is the highest virus-prone search term.

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