‘Gaylestorm’ strikes again in Indian cyberspace: McAfeeresearch

Chris Gayle named as McAfee’s ‘Most Sensational Cricketer’;followed by Glenn MaxwellandViratKohli, occupying 2nd& 3rd position respectively

India — McAfee, part of Intel Security unveiled results of its ‘Most Sensational Cricketer’ study which researched this season’s top players of the cricketing world on their popularity and related risk quotient in the Indian cyberspace. Chris Gayle, regarded as the most explosivebatman in modern cricket has been named the ‘Most Sensational Cricketer’ online in Indian cyberspace.This is the second time in a row, the Jamaican cricketerwho has a reputation of playing long innings, has topped a similar list last year titled Most Dangerous Cricketer.

The study highlights the trend of cybercriminals using cricketers to take advantage of fans seeking more information about their idols. Cybercriminals often capitalize on the public’s fascination with cricketers to lure them to sites laden with malware that can potentiallyresult in identity thefts, stealing of passwords andconfidential personal information. This year, searching for a ‘cricketer name’ combined with the search terms like ‘wall paper’, ‘free download’, ‘hot pictures’, ‘selfie’, ‘videos’ resulted in the highest instances of malicious sites.

Commenting on the findings of the study, VenkatKrishnapur, Vice-President of Engineering- Consumer, Business Group, McAfee India Centre, McAfee, Part of Intel Security said, “Leveraging the current cricket fervor,cybercriminals tend toexploit the popularity quotient of sports celebrities and time their attacks to coincide with famous events. Cricket crazy fans are highly motivated to search for photos, videos, match scores and interesting stories of their favorite cricketers online and in that moment of weakness they are lured into clicking malicious links that could lead to transmission of malware onto their owned devices and potential compromise of data.”

The study for ‘Most Sensational Cricketer’ online used the McAfee® SiteAdvisor® site rating which shows the sites that are risky to search for cricketing celebrity names on the web when used along with keywords such as ‘wall paper’, ‘free download’, ‘hot pictures’, ‘selfie’, ‘videos’and calculates an overall risk percentage. The top 10 cricketers with the highest risk scores in the Indian cyberspace are:

Indian Cricketers heat up the charts
This year four Indian cricketers make it to the top 10 ‘Most Sensational Cricketer’ online list: ViratKohli (No. 3), MS Dhoni(No. 5), Yuvraj Singh(No. 7) and Suresh Raina(No. 9)

Batsmen are more potentially at risk than Bowlers
Sunil Narine (No. 4) and Mitchell Starc (No. 10) are the only bowlers to rank in the top 10 Most Sensational Cricketers list

But first, let's take a SELFIE
Cricketers too have jumped on the selfie bandwagon. Sunil Narine,Glenn Maxwell, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, in the stated order have the most infected sites with the search term ‘selfie’