Ellie Goulding is the Internet’s most dangerous celebrity this year, revealed by Intel Security .
Search queries for the singer are likely to put celeb-watching Brits at the most risk of dangerous malware or viruses, the company has revealed.
Hackers frequently use celebrities as a way to entice web users to click on websites or links that hide malicious programs. These can usually steal passwords and other personal information stored on your computer or smartphone.
“The desire for consumers to stay up to date with the latest celebrity gossip can often make them unwittingly vulnerable to cybercrime,” said Nick Viney, consumer VP at Intel Security .
Intel Security has run the study each year for the last decade. This is the first time that singer songwriter Ellie Goulding makes the list – replacing Kelly Brook from 2015.
Ellie is big news in 2016 thanks to her latest single Still Falling For You – which featured on the soundtrack of the new Bridget Jones film.
“Cybercriminals are keen to exploit this craving for real-time information on celebrities, and will lead consumers to sites that download harmful malware onto devices to ultimately steal an individual’s all important, and incredibly valuable, data,” said Mr Viney.
“It’s clear more needs to be done to help consumers understand the threats online and what precautions they need to take to ensure their data, is kept safe when searching for celebrity news.”
According to Intel Security, the rise of reality TV has influenced what we search for as two of the top five most dangerous celeb searches are reality stars.