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Search­ing web for Graham Nor­ton is no laugh­ing mat­ter

- By Mike Wright Celebrities · BIND · United Kingdom · McAfee · Ricky Gervais · Tom Hardy · Mick Jagger · Margot Robbie · Idris Elba · Kate Moss · Graham Norton · Norton · Bella Hadid · Mary Berry

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.

 ??  ?? Graham Nor­ton’s name is associated with the high­est num­ber of po­ten­tially risky in­ter­net links
Graham Nor­ton’s name is associated with the high­est num­ber of po­ten­tially risky in­ter­net links

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