The cybersecurity firm McAfee today named the most dangerous celebrity on the Internet, announcing that former pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne has the “honor.”
The New York Daily News reports that Lavigne, whose last album came out in 2013, was determined to be the most likely to land Internet users on websites that carry viruses or malware when they do a search for her name.
“Searches for Lavigne have a 14.5 percent chance of landing on a web page with the potential for online threats, a number that increases to 22 percent if users type her name and search for free MP3s,” The Daily News reports.
“Bruno Mars was second in his debut on the list, followed closely behind by Carly Rae Jepsen,” the report adds. “Zayn Malik (No. 4), Celine Dion (No. 5), Calvin Harris (No. 6), Justin Bieber (No. 7), Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs (No. 8), Katy Perry (No. 9) and Beyonce (No. 10) rounded out the top 10 list.”
The report also notes: “It’s a dubious step up for Lavigne, who was ranked No. 2 in 2013. Lavigne, whose hits include ‘Sk8er Boi,’ ”Complicated’ and ‘I’m With You,’ has been out of the spotlight for several years as she battles Lyme disease.”