Jimmy Kimmel Named McAfee's 'Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity'

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — On ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel confirmed that he has been named by the virus fighters at McAfee the Internet’s “Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity,” a badge he wears with honor.

“They say that if you search my name…there’s a one in five chance you’ll land on a malicious website,” Kimmel explained.

Number two on the list is a DJ named Armin van Buuren.

“Britney Spears is number 7. Usually it’s a woman on top of the list. The only other male celebrity to wind up number one was Brad Pitt in 2008 — so it’s just one more thing Brad Pitt and I have in common,” Kimmel quipped. “The price of being sexy, I guess.”

“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,” said McAfee’s Gary Davis.

“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,” Davis added.

Kimmel had another take, implying “every girl” who wouldn’t go to the prom with him might now be regretting their decisions. “Who would have guessed that a boy used to carry a briefcase to junior high and played the clarinet end up being the most dangerous person?” he asked.

Other celebrities in the top 50 include Jimmy Fallon (No. 12), Adam Sandler (No. 14), Jason Segel (No. 19), Cameron Diaz (No. 41), Kate Winslet (No. 18), Jennifer Lopez (No. 31), Jessica Biel (No. 33), Jennifer Aniston (No.37), Jennifer Garner (No.38), and Cameron Diaz (No.41).

Here’s McAfee’s top 10 Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrities of 2014:

  1. Jimmy Kimmel – 19.38% chance of downloading a virus.
  2. Armin van Buuren – 19.33%
  3. Ciara – 19.31%
  4. Flo Rida – 18.89%
  5. Bruce Springsteen – 18.82%
  6. Blake Shelton – 18.47%
  7. Britney Spears – 18.19%
  8. Jon Bon Jovi – 17.64%
  9. Chelsea Handler – 17.22%
  10. Christina Aguilera – 16.67%


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