After scoring the fastest ton in IPL this season, West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle has become "India's most dangerous cricketer" with cyber crooks using his name to lure netizens to malicious websites, according to security software maker McAfee.
Gayle topped McAfee's list as "India's most dangerous cricketer", followed by Brett Lee and S Sreesanth.
The list rated cricketers on their risk quotient in the Indian cyberspace.
Gayle hit the fastest 100 for his team Royal Challengers Bangalore during a tie against Pune Warriors India last month. He remained at the crease scoring 175 in 66 balls.
"Cyber criminals constantly leverage famous personalities and very cleverly time their attacks to coincide with popular events in luring people to websites with malicious software. In the context of the ongoing cricketing leagues, cyber crooks are leveraging famous cricketers for their nefarious gains," McAfee India Centre Vice President of Engineering (CMSB) Venkatasubrahmanyam Krishnapur told.
During such events, eager cricket crazy fans are highly motivated to search for photos, videos, score and stories of their favourite cricketers online.
"In that moment of weakness, they are lured into clicking malicious links that put them at considerable risk," he said.
The study calculated the overall risk percentage based on the number of infected search results found.
While 32 infected search results were found for Gayle, 31 and 30 such links were found for Lee and Sreesanth, respectively.
Other cricketers with high risk scores include Yuvraj Singh, David Miller, Dale Steyn, Kevin Pietersen, Kieron Pollard, Mitchell Johnson, Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar, according to the study.