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The most dangerous cyber celebrity of 2014 is ...

Nearly one of every five online searches for "Jimmy Kimmel" can lead Internet surfers to websites where identity thieves and other nefarious types lurk, according to McAfee, a software unit of Intel Security.

The host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! supplanted Mirror, Mirror actress Lily Collins, who was last year's Most Dangerous Celebrity.

And the entire Kardashian clan, including Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Kris Jenner and Kanye West, all of whom were high on the list last year, fell precipitously this time around. McAfee noted that the decline of the Kardashians coincided with the rise of rap mogul Jay Z and Jersey Shore star JWoww.

Another trend is a rise in the number of country and electronic dance music stars who represent online danger to Internet surfers, including Carrie Underwood and Calvin Harris.

In its research, McAfee says it conducted searches that simply consisted of a celebrity name, then other searches that paired the name with words like "downloads," "mp4" and "torrentz."

Experts say consumers ought to be especially careful in light of a scandal involving nude photos of celebrities being leaked online. "When it comes to hackers and identity thieves, we are all celebrities because our precious personal information is a hot commodity on the black market," says Adam Levin, founder of Identity Theft 911 and a security and privacy expert for McAfee's Tweet Chat series #SecChat.

"With the celebrity nude hack, it was a brute force attack on user names and passwords that was the culprit," he said.

1. Jimmy Kimmel (2014's Most Dangerous Celebrity™)
Jimmy Kimmel captured the Internet's—and cybercriminals'—attention with laugh-worthy prank videos from his show Jimmy Kimmel Live! The late night host first debuted as a top 20 Dangerous Celeb in 2012, but the viral popularity his recent clips like "Twerking Fail Girl" and "I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy" make him the Most Dangerous Celebrity of 2014.

3. Ciara
Singer, songwriter, fashion model, actress, and dancer—there's almost no industry Ciara hasn't conquered. High demand for music videos, pictures, and pop songs of the star make her the 3rd Most Dangerous Celebrity of 2014.

6. Blake Shelton
It's hard to believe that the country star could be dangerous, but searching for this star online could get you into trouble. So what put Shelton on the list? It could be his popularity on TV's The Voice, and a solid music career, but we can't ignore this year's gossipy tabloid headlines as a main ingredient in his search popularity.

7. Britney Spears
Britney Spears may not top Billboard's charts, but she definitely makes a dent in search engine traffic. Making her second consecutive appearance in the top 10, people searching for downloads of the pop star have made her a prime bait for cybercriminals everywhere.

10. Christina Aguilera
Joining fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton on the list, pop star Christina Aguilera rounds out our list of the celebrities who are most dangerous to search online at number 10. What put her on the list? Searches for steamy photos, free music downloads, and news of her recent pregnancy are hot topics—for cybercriminals—and her fans.

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Tags: blake shelton / miranda lambert, britney spears, chelsea handler, christina aguilera, ciara, computers and technology, jimmy kimmel, year in review

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