Armin Van Buuren: The Web’s Most Dangerous Celebrity

Armin Van Buuren has held many titles in his career but his latest one may be his most telling: the web’s most dangerous celebrity.

Cyber criminals attempting to hack computers tend to attach viruses or malware to popular search terms, frequently using celebrity names, enabling them to steal passwords and personal information. With that, Armin becomes the third male to top the list in its 9 years, as well as the first electronic music act to do so (he was #2 in 2014). The list is put together by Intel security, who state on Armin: “…clicking on results generated by searching for “Armin van Buuren” combined with the terms “free MP4,” “HD downloads,” or “torrent” yields almost a 1 in 5 chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware”, which yields a 17.92% chance of getting “infected”.

The irony of Armin’s top spot can’t be lost here, as the idea of him infecting one’s computer may provide a similar sentiment you may have regarding his infecting of dance music. Sure, he is a quality ambassador of Dutch culture, and has paid his dues as a producer and DJ, but his role in the mainstreaming of dance music is also undeniable. I guess that’s the yin and yang of celebrity, though. One minute your emulating Christ to adoring fan’s worldwide, the next you’re name has hacked their smartphones and stolen all their dick pics. Isn’t fame grand?!

The top 10 celebrities from this year’s study with the highest risk percentages are:

1. Armin van Buuren 17.92%
2. Luke Bryan 17.64%
3. Usher 16.67%
4. Britney Spears 16.39%
5. Jay Z 15.83%
6. Katy Perry 14.86%
7. Amy Schumer 14.72%
8. Betty White 14.03%
9. Lorde 13.61%
10. Nina Dobrev 13.19%

Source: Mcafee