Cyber criminals use famous personalities in news like Chris Gayle and S Sreesanth, to lure people to websites with malicious software, a study by online security solutions firm McAfee has said.
McAfee's 'India's Most Dangerous Cricketer' study, which was unveiled on Monday, researched this season's top celebrities of the cricketing world on their risk quotient in the Indian cyberspace.
"Christopher Henry 'Chris' Gayle, took the top slot, followed by Brett Lee and S Sreesanth," McAfee said in a release.
Chris Gayle hogged the limelight for hammering a 30-ball hundred during the recently concluded India Premier League (IPL) Twenty-20 cricket. The just-concluded Indian Premier League was rocked by the spot-fixing scandal which came to light after the arrest of Rajasthan Royals cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan.
Cyber criminals constantly leverage famous personalities and very cleverly time their attacks to coincide with popular events in luring people to websites with malicious software, McAfee said.
During popular events, eager cricket crazy fans are highly motivated to search for photos, videos, score and stories of their favourite cricketers online and in that moment of weakness they are lured into clicking malicious links that puts them at considerable risk, it said.
Fans looking for results on search engines using strings such as name of cricketer combined with words like free downloads, hot pictures, wallpapers and videos are at risk of running themselves into malicious sites, it added.