Most Dangerous Celebrities in Cyberspace: Bad men last to hear about Robert Pattinson

Robert-Pattinson_lInternet security company McAfee has released its third annual report on the riskiest celebrities to search for on the web if you don’t want your results to include spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses or other malware. Jessica Biel tops the list: search for photos of her and you have a one in five chance of clicking on a site that could damage your computer. Which begs the question: Why are people still searching for Jessica Biel?

I think the bad men have totally lost touch: Ashley Tisdale (No. 9), Reese Witherspoon (No. 11), and Lindsay Lohan (No. 14) are more frequently targeted than Kristen Stewart (No. 20),¬†Robert Pattinson (No. 30.), the Jonas Brothers (No. 23), Vanessa Hudgens (No. 17), Zac Efron (No. 21), and Taylor Swift (No. 16). I don’t want to tell them how to do their illegal jobs, but come on now.

The 15 Most Dangerous Celebrities in Cyberspace:

1. Jessica Biel: When “Jessica Biel screensavers” was searched, nearly half of the sites were identified as containing malicious downloads with spyware, adware, and potential viruses, McAfee says
2. Beyoncé
3. Jennifer Aniston: More than 40 percent of the Google search results for “Jennifer Aniston screensavers” contained viruses
4. Tom Brady
5. Jessica Simpson
6. Gisele Bundchen
7. Miley Cyrus
8. Tie: Megan Fox and Angelina Jolie
9. Ashley Tisdale
10. Brad Pitt: He was No. 1 last year
11. Reese Witherspoon
12. Britney Spears
13. Rihanna
14. Lindsay Lohan
15. Kim Kardashian

I am shockingly safe. How about you?

Photo Credit: Sara De Boer/Retna Ltd.


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  • crispy

    Christ, Mandi, you are the worst journalist in the history of published words. Where did you get your degree, Sears? It’s fairly obvious from the list that producers of malware target pervy men, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Robert Pattinson is low on the list. Yet, you still manage to make this story about Twilight. If anything, this data reveals that outside EW, few actually care about Robert Pattinson or Twilight.

    • Rachel

      READ THE ARTICLE. This article is NOT about the most searched celebrities, so it reveals NOTHING about which celebrities are “most popular”.
      It only reveals which searches are the most dangerous for your computer.
      I may not be a fan of Twilight, but I was at Comic-Con, and witnessed what is arguably the longest line in Comic Con history, for Twilight.
      (I’ve been attending Comic-Con for 20 years.)

      • crispy

        You’re about as stupid as Mandi. Nowhere in my comment did I claim the list reflected “most popular” celebrities.

      • Trisha

        to crispy:
        First of all, I think it’s sad that you choose to call people, who you’ve never met, “stupid” on the internet.
        Anyways, I think she was referring to this comment of yours:
        “If anything, this data reveals that outside EW, few actually care about Robert Pattinson or Twilight.”

        ^In no way, does this data “reveal” what you think it reveals, since it isn’t about which celebrities are the most popular, but like Rachel said, is about which celebs are unsafe for your comp.

      • crispy

        Sweetcheeks, considering I’ve worked in online security for several years, I think I know a little more about this topic than you do. Robert Pattinson is fairly safe for your computer because not enough people are searching for him to snag the attention of malware developers. It’s really not that impressive a feat in logic.

      • Amanda

        LOL, a lot of people are searching for Robert Pattinson. He was the #1 or #2 celeb search on yahoo as of what I believe was the last census.
        According to your logic (“people don’t care about Robert Pattinson because he’s not at the top of this most-dangerous-for-your-computer celebrities”), more people “care” about Jessica Biel than they do about any other celebrity.
        There are many highly-searched celebs for whom searches don’t infect your computer. It just depends on the types of sites created for that celeb.

        P.S.- I work for Norton AntiVirus.

      • crispy

        LOL at Yahoo. Seriously?

      • Sally

        to add to Amanda, he’s the #1 or #2 most searched celeb at the internet movie database (imdb), and various entertainment sites (Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, etc…)

        I don’t even get what that really has to do with this article though.
        But, even though I’m a Twilight fan, I can see why others would get annoyed with the amount of Twilight-related coverage…10 articles don’t need to be published every day.

      • crispy

        “Cybercriminals are star watchers too–they latch onto popular celebrities to encourage the download of malicious software in disguise,” Jeff Green, senior vice president of McAfee Avert Labs, said Tuesday in a statement.

        I rest my case.

      • Amanda

        Again, to crispy:
        a lot of factors determine which celebs get “latched” onto. One factor is definitely the type of sites that are created for that celeb (someone like Jessica Biel will have a lot of sites dedicated to nude/”sexy” pics of her), and another one of those factors is how long a celeb has been around/has been popular. Robert Pattinson has only been around for like a year. Give it some time though. Someone as highly searched as him will definitely end up being more “unsafe” for peoples’ computers, LOL.

      • crispy

        Fine, I’m willing to concede that malware developers just haven’t caught up with him yet (though I don’t believe they ever will since historically they use busty female celebs like Anna Kournikova). Still, my main point remains: This story has absolutely nothing to do with Twilight, yet Mandi Bierly, President of the Twilight Fantards, once again turned it into a Robert Pattinson post. The only thing shocking is that she didn’t manage to mention his biceps.

    • Steph

      @crispy-
      I’m not a fan of Twilight, but I think using language like “fantard” is REALLY offensive. If I were you, I’d watch it, or you may get reported.

      • crispy

        Reported? Hahahaha! Should I be expecting a call from Halliburton? Stop being so retarded.

  • wendy

    I agree with Mandi, Who is looking up Jessica Biel so 1996.

    • crispy

      I fail to get why this is such a shocker. Pervy men who scour the internet searching for pictures of naked celebrities aren’t typically on the bleeding edge of popular culture.

  • Stacie

    Tom Brady number 4?

  • suzanne

    Why can’t we all just get along? :)

    • Karina

      I agree. Whenever I come on this website people are really hostile/attacking each other.
      I don’t get it.

  • wendy

    dang people get so angry on this website. Don’t worry writers they are just haters.

    • crispy

      Also: former subscribers.

  • daisyj

    You know I wonder if the real lesson here is that crush-struck preteen girls are more savvy internet surfers than horny dudes who don’t get out much.

    (Seriously, when *was* the last time Jessica Biel was at the forefront of hotness?)

  • Broadway Baby

    Thank God my searches of Mickey Dolenz and Michael Crawford aren’t being targeted. They might destroy the all information that I’ve accumulated on Rick Springfield and John Stamos (the GH years obviously – I’m not totally dorky.)

  • wow

    yeah i agree. why do people have to argue over every little thing? just protect your computer and you’ll be fine. i doubt it’s that big of a deal.

  • wow

    or just don’t get a screensaver of those celebrities.

  • Elle

    And here I thought Xanga was bad.

  • LauraT

    Crispy: Clearly IRL you either have a) no friends or b) long-suffering friends with low self-esteem, if that’s how you talk to people. Discuss things rexpectfully or not at all. Being online doesn’t give anyone the right to be a douche.

    • crispy

      Laura, I can tell you’re fat from 3 sentences.

  • SS

    Welcome to the world of blogs, guys. If you feed the trolls, they keep coming back for more.

    Just ignore Mr. Crispy and he will eventually get sick of antagonizing you and get back to google searching sleazy photos of Jessica Biel.

    • Snarf

      Good point. Another is to report them and have thier IP address barred from the site – problem solved.

      • crispy

        What are you going to report? That I won this argument.

      • Snarf

        oh. Burn. Except not.

  • Snarf

    Good ol’ Crispy, once again demonstrating what he/she failed to learn from reading “How To Make Friends and Influence People”.

  • ano

    Crispy, in which world you live? rob pattinson is the most popular star now, there are articles about him every days, just put the name rob pattinson in your article and you have many viewers, it’s why you see his name every where. wake up

  • wendy

    crispy + Jeremy Piven = Douche city

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