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Emma Watson, cyber menace

London - Emma Watson has become the most popular online bait for cyber criminals, according to security experts.

Users searching for the Harry Potter star have a one in eight chance of ending up on a malicious website, designed to infect their computer with a virus.

Users searching for the Harry Potter star have a one in eight chance of ending up on a malicious website, designed to infect their computer with a virus. Credit: REUTERS

These viruses may allow criminals to take over a PC or install software to monitor every key a user presses, which can provide hackers with personal information. Computer security company McAfee said Miss Watson’s popularity had made her the “most dangerous” celebrity on the internet.

All of the top ten are women, with US comic Jimmy Kimmel the first man to appear in the list, at number 13.

Paula Greve, of McAfee, said: “Searching for any celebrity can bring up risky sites and the public should use caution by not clicking on any page that looks suspicious.” - Daily Mail

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