Jimmy Kimmel tops McAfee's list of 'most dangerous celebrities'

In the firm's annual report on the celebrity names most likely to lead to virus-laden pages from Web searches, the late-night host beats out Chelsea Handler and Bruce Springsteen.

Chris Matyszczyk
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Jimmy Kimmel is extremely proud to have beaten out Bruce Springsteen to become the celebrity most linked to cyberevil. ABC News/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

You might think that, with his little quips and pokes after many have gone to bed, Jimmy Kimmel is a sweet, mischievous kitten.

Beneath that furry exterior, though, lies a criminal mind.

No, I'm not suggesting Kimmel is an embezzler -- even of jokes. Rather he's found himself at the top of McAfee's most dangerous celebrity list.

It seems that those with an eye to planting malware on your digital soul and viruses in your digital pores are choosing most to use Kimmel's name as bait.

McAfee warns: "When you search for videos and downloads of Jimmy Kimmel, you've got a 1 in 5 chance to click on a page that tests positive for viruses and other malware."

The list seems like a microcosm of which celebrities the vulnerable hold dearest to them. But is it? McAfee

Kimmel works hard at making his show a viral presence. He concocts various ruses to make people believe that random pieces of plastic are, in fact, brand new Apple products. Now his name is at the heart of a ruse.

Runner-up on the list was, quite oddly, DJ and producer Armin Van Buuren. Ciara slips in at No. 3 and No. 5 is Bruce Springsteen.

Blake Shelton, Jon Bon Jovi and Chelsea Handler are also in the Top 10. Jimmy Fallon will surely shed a tear that his name was nowhere to be found.

On his show last night, Kimmel was positively crowing about his marvelous achievement. He said: "Who would have guessed that a boy who used to carry a briefcase to junior high and play the clarinet would become the most dangerous person?"

He added: "It's an honor just to be nominated, but to win this thing...."

Given that Brad Pitt is the only other male to have topped this chart since its inception, Kimmel admitted that his win is "the price of being sexy, I guess."

Last year's winner was Lily Collins. However, Kimmel has form. In 2012, he was the only male to appear in the Top 20 (Emma Watson was the winner).

McAfee encourages everyone to be suspicious of links, especially those that offer something for free. Or appear to.

But what is it about Kimmel that makes so many want to click on him and so many scammers want to dupe those people? This is something that should be debated.

For myself, there is one other element that greatly disturbs: why no Kardashian?