The actress replaced
Fans searching for Lily Collins and "downloads," "free app downloads" and "nude pictures" run the highest risk of landing on a website designed to steal passwords or other personal information, McAfee reported.
Musician Avril Lavigne, who has a new album due out this fall, was the second most popular figure used by hackers to lead fans to bad links.
Musicians, especially young female pop stars, are popular lures for such online threats, McAfee found. Eight of the top 20 cyber celebrities cited are musicians -- including
"Mad Men" star John Hamm was the only male to make the top ten.
Cyrus, whose provocative performance during
"Cyber criminals prey on consumers' addiction to breaking news and leverage this behavior to lead them to unsafe sites that can severely infect their computers and devices and steal personal information," said Paula Greve, McAfee's director of web security research, said in a statement.
McAfee cautions against sites that prompt users to download anything before offering access to content. It also advises fans to stick to established news sites for breaking news to avoid falling prey to hackers.
McAfee's 2013 Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrities are as follows:
- Lily Collins
- Avril Lavigne
- Sandra Bullock
- Katy Perry
- Britney Spears
- Jon Hamm
- Adriana Lima