Pop singer, Britney Spears, has edged out Bill Gates as the celebrity most commonly associated with malicious software distributed via email, according to Panda Software.
Researchers combed through seven years of virus-laden messages stored in Panda's malware database to determine which celebrities most often had their names involuntarily used in association with malicious spam.
Panda has seen celebrity viruses since it began compiling data in 1998.
Examples include the ILoveYou and the Anna Kournikova viruses, as well as an email that claims pop singer, Michael Jackson, has attempted suicide.
Alongside Spears and Gates in the top five were Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and Osama Bin Laden.