FORGET wrestlers, footballers or even action stars.
Australia’s most dangerous celebrities are the Minogue sisters, according to a new report by online security firm McAfee.
Released today, the annual study into celebrities used as bait to steal information from your computer puts Australian singer Kylie Minogue at the top of the list, replacing younger sister Dannii who topped the list last year.
The Australian X Factor judge dropped into ninth place this year, in a list dominated by women with only one exception: Guy Sebastian in fifth place.
Singers Jessica Mauboy and Delta Goodrem also ranked as risky, in third and fourth places, but actor Naomi Watts took out second place.
McAfee consumer marketing director Melanie Duca said it’s not the first year the Minogue sisters have proven popular bait with cybercriminals.
“They’ve both come up in previous years too,” she said. “They’ve been celebrities for more than 20 years, both of them … and it’s more lucrative to use popular people.”
Ms Duca said the survey rated celebrities based on how often web searches with their names delivered suspicious or malicious web content.
Searching for celebrity nude photos or free app downloads delivered the highest number of risky sites, the survey found.
Female celebrities also dominated the worldwide list of most dangerous celebrities, with British actor Lilly Collins topping the rankings, followed by Avril Lavigne, Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm.
Ms Deca said web users should always seek official sources for media and image downloads.
“People need to keep their wits about them online,” she said. “Don’t always think that free is best and go for those free downloads and wallpapers as they are often from illegal or not very reputable sites.”