The Daily Telegraph
Searching web for Graham Norton is no laughing matter
GRAHAM NORTON has been named the most dangerous celebrity to search for online in the UK by a cybersecurity company.
The chat show host’s name is used by online criminals to attract members of the public to unsafe websites designed to trick them into installing malware on their devices.
Mcafee’s annual report on the issue found that eight of the top 10 high-risk online searches related to British personalities.
Comedian Ricky Gervais and actor Tom Hardy were runners up to Norton followed by Gavin And Stacey star Ruth Jones, Sir Mick Jagger and the first nonBritish entry, Australian actress, Margot Robbie.
Actor Idris Elba came seventh ahead of models Kate Moss and Bella Hadid, with TV chef Mary Berry completing the top 10.
Raj Samani, chief scientist and MCAfee Fellow, said: “We know that online criminals use consumers’ fascination with celebrity culture to drive unsuspecting fans to malicious websites that install malware on their devices, potentially putting personal information and log-in details in the wrong hands, so it’s no surprise that we’ve seen one of the UK’S most-loved national treasures topping the list, with hackers exploiting his popularity.
“Consumers are searching the web for free online entertainment now more than ever, and as cybercriminals continue to implement deceptive practices such as fake sites claiming to offer free content, it is crucial that fans stay vigilant about protecting their digital lives and think twice before clicking.”
During its research Mcafee looked for the celebrity names which most commonly appeared alongside certain search terms such as “torrent”, “free MP3” or “pirated download”, which are usually associated with sites allowing people to watch pirated movies or television shows.
Mcafee warned that it had seen an increase in online scams during lockdown. Time spent on the internet has soared as people work and study at home and look for new ways to stay in touch with friends and family.