MS Dhoni, former India captain, has topped the McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrity list, 2019. The list consists of celebrities that generate the riskiest search results online, which could potentially expose the users to viruses and also carry the highest possibility of taking the fans to malicious websites. Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar was second on the list of celebrities, which also included Badminton world champion PV Sindhu and actors Radhika Apte, Shraddha Kapoor and Gautam Gulati. The research list from McAfee, in its 13th edition, identified celebrities that generate the riskiest search results and also carries the threat of directing unsuspecting users to malicious websites and viruses. MS Dhoni's Fans Chant His Name As Former Indian Skipper Visits Ranchi Stadium During IND vs SA 3rd Test in Brand New Car Jonga (Watch Video).
Surprisingly, football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was ranked 10th in the Dangerous Celebrity list. Dhoni, who led India to World Cup titles in 2007 and 2011 and is currently on a three-month running sabbatical from cricket, was on top of the Dangerous celebrity list. The Cyber Security company that published the results also explained that the reason for cricketers occupying the top positions in the most dangerous celebrity list can be due to their huge fan following and larger than life way of living. MS Dhoni and Ravi Shastri’s Photo Invites Mixed Response on Twitter, Netizens Call It ‘Bear With Ice’, Others Recall ICC CWC 2011 Final.
“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,” Venkat Krishnapur, Vice-President of Engineering and Managing Director, McAfee India, was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
“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 favourite superstars. Unfortunately, they may not be fully aware of the risks that malicious websites providing such content can pose in exchange for this access," he added.
Meanwhile, adult-star-turned actress Sunny Leone is fourth in the list after Dhoni, Sachin and Bigg Boss winner Gautam Gulati. Singer and rapper Badshah is fifth in the list and is followed by Radhika Apte (6), Shraddha Kapoor (7), Harmanpreet Kaur (8), PV Sindhu (9) and Cristiano Ronaldo (10). McAfee mentioned that the availability of cheap data and smart devices has enabled the fans and younger generation to spend more time online making them soft targets for cybercriminals, who run those malicious websites.