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.
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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.)
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.