If you thought Jimmy Kimmel was just a funny talk show host, think again. He’s also the “most dangerous celebrity to search for online,” according to a cybersecurity firm.
Research by McAfee found that searching his name on the Internet presented users with a 20 percent chance of coming across a malicious link, with the potential to infect their computer.
The McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities study ranked the host of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” number one in 2014, knocking “Mirror, Mirror” star Lily Collins off the top spot. DJ Armin van Buuren took second place while R&B singer Ciara came third.
“Most consumers are completely unaware of the security risks that exist when searching for celebrity and entertainment news, images and videos online, sacrificing safety for immediacy,” Gary Davis, McAfee’s chief consumer security evangelist, said in a press release.
“Cybercriminals capitalize on consumers’ attention to breaking celebrity news and leverage this behavior to lead them to unsafe sites that can severely infect their computers and devices and steal personal data.”
Celebrity searches are a key way for hackers to target unwitting browsers as the names are among the most searched-for online.
McAfee said that the recent leaking of celebrity nude pictures underlined the fascination with famous peoples’ personal lives and showed how hackers were playing on the public’s appetite for popular culture.
McAfee’s top 10 included Bruce Springsteen, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. But the Kardashian family and rapper Kanye West, who married Kim Kardashian earlier this year, lost their place in the ranking of 50 celebrities.
McAfee used its SiteAdvisor software to detect the number of malicious links that appear when celebrities names are searched for online.
Here’s the complete list: