EMMA WATSON is the favourite fake celebrity bait used by cyber criminals trying to lure internet users to potentially harmful sites, according to a report.
And as many as one in eight websites crookedly using the Emma Watson name are dangerous.
Internet security company McAfee found that many Emma Watson sites trick users into downloading malicious software or to steal personal information. When searching for the 22-year-old Harry Potter actress there is a 12.5% chance of landing on a malicious site. Others among the other big names used by cyber-crime gangs are Jessica Biel, Eva Mendes, Selena Gomez and Halle Berry. This is the sixth time the security technology company has conducted the study, which was last year topped by model Heidi Klum. Female celebrities are far more likely to be utilised by cyber criminals, and the late-night host Jimmy Kimmel was the only male to feature in the top 20 celebrities to be wary of searching for online. Both Symantec and McAfee have reported that cyber crime is enjoying exponential growth at rates neither company has seen before. Rapid changes in the ways internet users go online, plus advances in cybercrime techniques, are part of the reason for the rise, according to Symantec. Their report found that one-in-five users had their mobile devices or social network profiles compromised.