Updated: 17/09/2012 14:44 | By pa.press.net

Emma Watson 'a cyber crime lure'

Searching the internet for Emma Watson information can regularly lead to malicious websites


Searching the internet for Emma Watson information can regularly lead to malicious websites

Searching the internet for Emma Watson information can regularly lead to malicious websites

Emma Watson is the favourite celebrity bait for cyber criminals trying to lure internet users, according to a survey.

Web security company McAfee said that the Harry Potter star is the "most dangerous" celebrity to search for online because many sites use her name to trick users into downloading malicious software or to steal personal information.

When searching for the 22-year-old actress there is a one-in-eight chance of landing on a malicious site.

This is the sixth time the Intel-owned security technology company has conducted the study, which was last year topped by Heidi Klum.

Female celebrities are far more likely to be utilised by cyber criminals: late-night US TV host Jimmy Kimmel was the only male in the top 20.

Others among the riskiest celebrities to search online are Jessica Biel, Eva Mendes, Selena Gomez and Halle Berry.

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