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Avril Lavigne Is the Most Dangerous Person Online

Bruno Mars is pretty perilous, too
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 19, 2017 8:04 AM CDT

(Newser) – One-time pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne has beaten superstar Beyonce at something, but she may not be totally happy with her victory—she's been named the most dangerous celebrity on the internet. Cybersecurity firm McAfee said Tuesday that Lavigne, whose last album came out in 2013, was the celebrity most likely to land users on websites that carry viruses or malware. Searches for Lavigne have a 14.51% chance of landing on a web page with the potential for online threats, a number that increases to 22% if users type her name and search for free MP3s, reports the AP.

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Bruno Mars was second in his debut on the list at 13.43% per a press release, followed closely behind by Carly Rae Jepsen. 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. It's a dubious step up for Lavigne, who was ranked No. 2 in 2013. McAfee has a few suggestions for why Lavigne scored so high on the 11th annual list: interest after the artist said she's working on a new album, a feature story on her by E! Online, and an internet conspiracy that she has been replaced by an impostor. Lavigne is the first female musician to take the No. 1 spot and replaced Amy Schumer, named the most dangerous celebrity on the internet in 2016. (Lavigne emerged with harsh words for Mark Zuckerberg in late 2016.)

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