Anggun is No. 1 on the 2016 McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities™ List in Singapore

Anggun is No. 1 on the 2016 McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities List in Singapore

Actors and Musicians Rank Highly
in the 2nd Singapore Most Dangerous Celebrities List

·       Indonesian Singer Anggun ranked No. 1 on the McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities™ 2016 study.
·       Now in its 2nd year in Singapore, the study reveals which celebrities, musicians and TV hosts generate the most dangerous search results, potentially exposing consumers to malware.
·       Celebrities in the top 5 include Rajnikanth, Jackie Chan, Siti Nurhaliza and Donnie Yen.

Singapore, September 28, 2016 – Female superstar Anggun has knocked actor Donnie Yen off the top of the list to become the most dangerous celebrity to search for online, according to Intel Security. Now in its 2nd year in Singapore and 10th year globally, the McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities™ study, published by Intel Security, researched a broad list of well-known figures including actors, comedians, musicians, TV hosts, athletes and more. This research uncovers which celebrities generate the most dangerous search results that could expose fans to viruses and malware while looking online for the latest information on today’s pop culture icons.

Anggun is considered one of the most popular female Asian artists across the globe and the first Indonesian artist to have record success in Europe and the US. Now Anggun can add “first female singer to take the No.1 spot on the McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities™ study published by Intel Security in Singapore” to her list of achievements. Rajnikanth came in full swing at No. 2, followed by martial-arts actor Jackie Chan (No. 3). Anggun is also accompanied by a fellow singer in the top 10 with Siti Nurhaliza at No. 4. Jackie Chan is joined by fellow actor Donnie Yen at No. 5, a testament to the longevity of the martial arts genre of entertainment in Singapore.

Savvy cybercriminals continue to leverage consumers’ ongoing fascination with celebrity news – such as awards and TV shows as well as movie premieres, album releases, celebrity breakups and more – to entice unsuspecting fans to visit sites loaded with malware that can steal passwords and personal information. The study highlights the various ways hackers can take advantage of consumers’ interest around pop culture news. It also explores the risks of consumers’ online behaviour and how to best protect themselves from potential threats.

“Consumers in Singapore today are highly fascinated with the celebrity culture and often go online to access their favourite music videos and TV shows,” said David Freer, vice president of consumer, Asia Pacific at Intel Security. “The desire for real-time information has resulted in consumers often clicking on websites providing quick access to news and entertainment without keeping security protocols in mind. Cybercriminals exploit this opportunity by luring people to unsafe websites that  can steal their data.”

“People especially looking to download free music or movies are at the highest risk. Celebrity names combined with the terms ‘torrent,’ ‘HD downloads,’ or ‘Free MP4’ are some of the most searched terms on the web,” continues David. “When consumers access such websites offering free content online, they put themselves and their sensitive data in greater danger. To prevent such scenarios,  consumers must understand what precautions to take to ensure safe online experiences.”

A Search for ‘Anggun Torrent’ Results in a 21 Percent Chance of Connecting to a Malicious Website
Consumers are now, more than ever, streaming music videos, movies and TV Shows online. As file sharing and torrent use continues to grow in popularity, it’s no surprise that TV and movies are target for cybercriminals seeking to create malicious files. The top 5 celebrities from this year’s study with the highest risk percentages include:

Jackie Chan
Siti Nurhaliza
Donnie Yen

All-rounder Entertainers Steal the Spotlight
In today’s entertainment world, wearing a single hat is no longer enough. Most Dangerous Celebrities winner Anggun (No. 1) is not only a famous singer but also a popular songwriter. Another Top 5 list inclusion Siti Nurhaliza (No. 4) is a Malaysian singer, songwriter, record producer as well as a television presenter. Other names joining the list: Miss Chinese International Linda Chung is an actress as well as singer (No. 10), Angelababy (No. 12) is a singer, actress and model while industry veteran Andy Lau (No. 13) is a singer-songwriter, actor and presenter.

Action Actors Top the Charts
This year’s dangerous celebrities also included some of the most popular action actors such as Rajnikanth (No. 2), Jackie Chan (No. 3) and Donnie Yen (No. 5). Joining them in the list are Michelle Yeoh (No. 6), Jay Chou (No. 14), Chow Yung Fatt (No. 17) and Salman Khan (No. 24).

Athletes Moving Up in Popularity
This year’s Most Dangerous Celebrities list also saw a growing popularity of international athletes in Singapore with Japanese footballers, Shinji Kagawa (No. 15) & Shinji Okazaki (No. 30), former silat star, Iko Uwais (No. 16) and Filipino boxer, Manny Pacquiao (No. 23) ranking high in the list.

How to Search Safely
·      Think before you click! Are you looking for the video of Anggun’s most-popular songs? Don’t click on that third-party link. Instead, get your content directly from the original source to ensure you aren’t clicking on anything that could be malicious.
·      Exercise caution when searching for “torrent.” This term is by far the riskiest search term. Cybercriminals can use torrents to embed malware within authentic files making it difficult to determine if a file is safe. It’s best to avoid using torrents especially when there are so many legitimate streaming options available.
·      Keep your personal information personal. Cybercriminals are always looking for ways to steal your personal information. If you receive a request to enter information like your credit card, email, home address or social media login, don’t give it out thoughtlessly. Do your research and ensure it’s not a phishing or scam attempt that could lead to identity theft.
·      Browse safely using protection like McAfee® WebAdvisor software. WebAdvisor will help keep you safe from malicious websites by helping to identify potentially risky sites. A complimentary version of the software can be downloaded at
·       Use cross device protection. Consumers need to protect all facets of their digital lives regardless of where they are, what device they use or where they store their personal data. Use solutions that work across all your devices to deliver protection against threats, such as malware, hacking and phishing attacks.
Find More Information: 
·      To learn more about the study, check out:
o   Twitter: Follow @IntelSecurity for live online safety updates and tips. Use hashtag #RiskyCeleb to discuss the Most Dangerous Celebrities of 2016
·      Web surfers can also visit the Intel Security Facebook page at and McAfee Security Advice Centerfor information on the latest consumer threats and tips for living safe online.
·      If you do decide to search for information on a major event or celebrity in the news, make sure your entire household’s devices have protectionsuch as McAfee LiveSafe™ service, which helps protect most PCs, Macs and tablets and smartphones. It also includes malware detection software McAfee® Mobile Security, to better protect your smartphone or tablet from many types of malware.

Survey Methodology

Intel Security conducted the study using McAfee® WebAdvisor site ratings to determine the number of risky sites generated by searches, on Google*, Bing* and Yahoo!*, that included a celebrity name and commonly searched terms (noted below) likely to yield malware. From that, an overall risk percentage was calculated for each celebrity. “Most dangerous” means that these celebrities are likely popular search subjects. 
McAfee SiteAdvisor technology helps protect users from malicious websites and browser exploits. SiteAdvisor technology tests and rates nearly every internet website it finds, and uses red, yellow and green icons to indicate the website’s risk level. Ratings are created by using patented advanced technology to conduct automated website tests and works with Internet Explorer*, Chrome* and Firefox*. Search terms included:
·      “Celeb name + Torrent”
·      “Celeb name + Free MP4”
·      “Celeb name + HD download”
The results indicated the percentage of risk of running into online threats – if a user clicked all the results generated by the terms. Fans clicking on sites deemed risky and downloading files including photos and videos from those sites may also be prone to downloading viruses and malware.

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