Actress Alexis Bledel played a sweet nerd in Gilmore Girls and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but she is now officially dangerous. On Monday, cybersecurity firm McAfee crowned the actress as the most dangerous celebrity to search the Internet in 2019. No other celebrity was more likely to lead users to sites that hide viruses or malware.
In second place is talk show host James Corden, followed by Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner, actresses Anna Kendrick and Lupita Nyong’o, Talk show host Jimmy Fallon, martial arts master Jackie Chan, rappers Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, and finally Tessa Thompson, star of the movie Avengers: finals, which occupies the tenth position.
The study aims to highlight the dangers of clicking on suspicious links. Malicious people can associate malware and malicious links with famous names, in the hope that fans looking for videos on the web will fall into the trap. McAfee also urges people to consider the risks associated with finding pirated content.
Consumers of content may not be fully aware that this research poses risks. They may not understand the deleterious effects that can occur when personal information is compromised in exchange for access to their favorite celebrities, movies, television shows or music , Gary said in a statement Davis, head of consumer security at McAfee.
Risks fluctuate with popularity
Davis explains that Bledel and Turner are likely to have been on this year’s list because of their respective roles in Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu, and the Game Of Thrones, on HBO, two services that run by subscription.
Late night hosts Corden and Fallon are probably there because of the viral nature of videos from their shows. As for Nyong’o, her “dangerousness” is probably due to the growing interest surrounding Star Wars, episode IX=: the Rise of Skywalker, which should come out in December. As for Lil Wayne, his tour with Blink-182 last summer may have pushed his fans to download his songs illegally.
Jackie Chan’s presence on this list is more surprising, as he has been keeping a low profile in recent years, but Davis says rumors have circulated recently about his possible return to the big screen in Time Limit 4 and Karate Kid 2. Chan’s team refuted these rumors, but the cybercriminals may have jumped at the opportunity, hoping to “reach fans overwhelmed by nostalgia and less vigilant with their personal safety.”
So Alexis Bledel takes the first position, occupied last year by Ruby Rose, who was on the list because of his interest shown for the role of Batwoman . The 2019 list also indicates that interest in reality TV stars may be declining. Kristen Cavallari and Kourtney Kardashian, who were both in the top 10 most “dangerous” figures last year were respectively ranked 214 th and 222 th this year.
Jennifer Nunes loves downing more than a few cups of coffee while writing space, science and tech stories for Kent News Net. In her spare time, she enjoys pretending to be a runner, watching cheesy B movies, reading detective/horror fiction and playing video games.