Amy Schumer is the most dangerous celebrity on the internet — and not just because of her no-holds-barred personality. The actress-comedian topped Intel Security’s tenth annual list of the most risky celebrities to follow online. Searching for the Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer star carries more than a 16% chance of connecting with a site that carries viruses or malware. Schumer was followed on Intel’s list by Justin Bieber, Carson Daly, Will Smith, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus. The company said celebrity-obsessed fans hungry for the latest gossip needed to think of the risks before they clicked on dubious links.
Consumers today remain fascinated with celebrity culture and go online to find the latest pop culture news. Cybercriminals know this and take advantage of this behavior by attempting to lead them to unsafe sites
Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at Intel Security
Intel Security said it found some fraudsters were creating malicious webpages which claimed to offer the latest gossip about these celebrities, as well as free downloads. Although some of these unsafe websites do provide authentic information, malware is often embedded in downloads and only spotted by victims when it is too late. Social media is another minefield, with some Twitter and Facebook accounts masquerading as legitimate news sources and offering links to risky pages. The revelation came hours after Schumer, 35 topped another list - Forbes list of the highest earning female comedian. Kevin Hart led the men’s list, the first to earn more than Jerry Seinfeld for a decade.