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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 12:11pm 14/07/15 | 9 Comments
Intel Security has been tracking a "Top 10 Most Toxic Superheroes" list since 2013, using the continued growth and expansion of comic book movies as a basis for Internet searches and how those new search growths translate to harmful risks to the Malware unaware.

Ant-Man can breathe a (tiny) sigh of relief – he is not the most dangerous superhero to search for online! Ahead of this Thursday's Marvel Ant-Man cinematic release in Australia, Intel Security has released its 3rd Annual Most Toxic Superheroes List. At the top of this year's list is Aquaman (who will be seen in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice film) and has reclaimed the deadliest top spot since the company's inaugural list in 2013.

Intel Security conducted research on the comic universe's top heroes to learn which searches may be leading consumers to viruses, malware and other inappropriate content that can be considered dangerous and can compromise private information to infect their devices.

As movie studios continue to announce plans to create films and TV series based on comic fans' favourites – including Aquaman, Doctor Strange and Iron Fist – the study's results explain why sites that feature these popular superheroes have the potential to be targeted by cybercriminals. They are aware that people are searching for these characters, giving cybercriminals ample opportunity to steal innocent people's personal information.

The top 10 superheroes most likely to affect online surfers this year are:
    1. Aquaman 20.00%
    2. Iron Fist 19.69%
    3. Wolverine 19.58%
    4. Wonder Woman 19.38%
    5. Doctor Strange 19.17%
    6. Daredevil 18.96%
    7. Tie: The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man18.85%
    8. Catwoman 18.65%
    9. Green Lantern 18.44%
    10. Batman 18.33%
    (% indicates chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses or other malware.)
A blog post from Robert Sicilliano, Online Safety Expert for Intel Security highlights various ways you can be more aware of risks in this instance, which are obviously transferable across most Internet searches, while Intel Security has also urged people to join the conversation by following @IntelSec_APAC and using the hashtag #toxicsuperhero.

Most regular AusGamers/QGLers will already be more than aware of protecting themselves, but it never hurts to pass on interesting security reports like this to your less savvy pals who might just want to know more about Iron Fist ahead of his Netflix debut.

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Posted 12:27pm 14/7/15
How is danger rated? What are they looking for? What can websites do to steal your s***?

I must be missing something here, how is searching for Aquaman gonna get my s*** stolen/malware? Maybe if I download a torrent, sure i'll get malware and viruses. But they're not looking at torrents (I think), it's just webpages.

#don't be ignorant should be at the top of that s***** list, instead it's just one big plug for anti-virus scanner McAfee. Which is f*****g owned by intel now.

GG all around useless article.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 12:53pm 14/7/15
Yeah, of course it's all based on their own research and tech, no one here is suggesting it isn't. They use SiteAdvisor, but I just found the actual list interesting and it's an interesting way to approach this type of stuff. They could have focused on any number of other topics for a list, but the superhero angle is kind of cool.
Using SiteAdvisor technology, searches were conducted across Google, Bing and Yahoo! search engines for top superheroes with recent or upcoming films or TV shows in addition to various terms likely to yield malware. SiteAdvisor indicates which sites are risky to search for superhero names and calculates an overall risk percentage.

There's a line at the base also acknowledging most people here wouldn't even consider using their software (I don't and never will), because most users here are smart enough to not be ignorant. It's just a unique way to highlight security issues for the less savvy. Nothing wrong with pointing that out, either.
Posted 04:09pm 14/7/15
Nah Steve I wasn't trying to lampoon your article about the article, it was their article I wanted to lampoon. It's a gimmick for the sake of selling their software.
Posted 05:15pm 14/7/15
so searching for iron man will get me a virus, yet searching for iron c*** man bones 20 women in 10 is safe? Thanks Intel! You're my (real) hero!

Why limit it to just super heroes? Searching for the latest GoT episodes or the latest games on torrent sites will no doubt also lead to unwanted s***.

Marketing geniuses strike again.

Mike: What are people most searching for?
Steve: Super heroes.
Mike: I know, let's do a study on how much people search for them so that when people search for them it'll come up with our page and we can sell them internet security software!

*everyone in the board meeting* applause
Tanaka Khan
Posted 09:15pm 14/7/15
Wolverine is way better than Aquaman, so why is the fish on top?
Posted 09:45pm 14/7/15

Mike: What are people most searching for?
Steve: Super heroes.
Mike: I know, let's do a study on how much people search for them so that when people search for them it'll come up with our page and we can sell them internet security software!

*everyone in the board meeting* applause

Posted 12:18am 15/7/15
Haven't had a virus in years, don't use an antivirus either. Just scan once in a while with malwarebytes. Easy living.
Posted 04:40am 15/7/15
ive been using the one thats free with windows, havent had a problem in at least 5 years
Posted 12:17pm 15/7/15
Windows 10 in 2 weeks boys. W00t.
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