On Tuesday, an annual report of McAfee revealed that former Indian skipper MS Dhoni is the most dangerous of “search for online” celebrities who lead such search results, exposing netizens to malicious websites and malware. According to the cybersecurity company, legendary Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar was second on the list, followed by Gautam Gulati, winner of the reality TV show — Bigg Boss 8.
Describing the same, Vice-President of Engineering and Managing Director, McAfee India, Venkat Krishnapur said, “The significant ease of Internet access, through a host of connected devices has made it increasingly viable for users to avail content from all over the world. “As subscription-based content platforms continue to grow in India, netizens often look for free and pirated content such as major sports events, movies, TV shows, and images of their favorite superstars.”
Following them closely was Bollywood sensation Sunny Leone and pop icon Badshah.
Krishnapur further added, “Unfortunately, they may not be fully aware of the risks that malicious websites providing such content can pose in exchange for this acces.”
Next on this list was Radhika Apte at the sixth position followed by Shraddha Kapoor and ace woman cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur, ace shuttler PV Sindhu ninth and veteran Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo at 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th position. By 2020, the average age of an Indian is expected to be approximately 29 years, making it one of the youngest countries in the world.
As this digital native population continues to spend more time online owing to cheaper data and proliferation of smart devices, they will continue to remain soft targets for hackers who always looking for such user behavior, the cybersecurity company noted.
It is important for them to understand the risks associated with torrent or pirated downloads and avoid being exploited by savvy cybercriminals.