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Intel Security’s Most Toxic Superheroes List 2015: Tips to Stay Protected

Most Toxic Superheroes 2015: Infographic Courtesy of Intel Security

Most Toxic Superheroes 2015: Infographic Courtesy of Intel Security

With Comic Con kicking off next week, today Intel Security is releasing its 3rd annual Most Toxic Superheroes list, with Aquaman coming in at number 1. The King of Atlantis reclaims the top spot after topping the inaugural list in 2013.

Canada’s most famous superhero – Wolverine – finished as the 3rd most toxic superhero of 2015.

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, can compromise private information or 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 surfing 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:

Intel Security’s Top 10 Most Toxic Superheroes*:

  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 Man              18.85%
  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.

List Highlights Include:

  • Two female superheroes – Wonder Woman and Catwoman – make it into the top 10
  • The list is heavily influenced by recent TV/movie announcements:
    o Aquaman will receive his own movie in 2018, and will be featured in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice in March 2016o Netflix is expected to debut the Iron Fist serieso Disney is set to release Doctor Strange in November 2016o Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman, will be released in May 2016
  • Last year, Superman claimed the top spot but failed to land in this year’s top 10

Comic fans and consumers can learn more about how they can stay safe while surfing online from Robert Siciliano, Online Safety Expert for Intel Security in his blog post here: https://blogs.mcafee.com/consumer/most-toxic-superheroes-2015.

Tips to Stay Protected:

  • Be suspicious: Be wary of searches that turns up a link to free content or too-good-to-be-true offers.
  • Be cautious: Cybercriminals set up malicious, fake sites that will include inappropriate content and malware particularly for hot topics.
  • Read before you click: Look for misspellings or other clues that the link may direct you to.
  • Protect yourself: Use comprehensive security that is up to date with a safe search tool to identify risky websites in search engine results.

For More Information:

To continue the conversation, follow @IntelSec_Home on Twitter and tweet your thoughts with the hashtag #toxicsuperhero.

Methodology

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.

About SiteAdvisor technology

SiteAdvisor technology protects users from malicious websites and browser exploits. SiteAdvisor technology tests and rates nearly every trafficked site on the Internet and uses red, yellow and green icons to indicate the website’s risk level. SiteAdvisor site ratings are created by using patented advanced technology to conduct automated website tests SiteAdvisor software works with Internet Explorer and Firefox.

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