Intel Security has researched the vast and varied catalogue of superheroes and has signalled out the do-gooders that could be baddies in disguise. Who are the top 10 superheroes to avoid on your next Google search?
Superheroes have taken over the entertainment world. What was once the domain of geeky comic book stores us now topping the charts in video games, movies, TV and more mainstream channels. And the hackers know it.
Today Intel Security releases its Top 10 Most Toxic Superheroes List for 2015. It reveals which superheroes return the most amount of untrustworthy sites when searched for, leading to viruses, malware, spyware, adware, spam, phishing and other dodgy content. The list is a bit of fun, but it’s also designed to keep you alert to the ways in which hackers and other cybercriminals use popular culture to sneak into your PC for the aim of espionage and embezzlement.
It’s a hard pill to swallow, but Iron Man could be stealing your vital PC information right now… in a manner of speaking.
It would seem obvious that cybercriminals would target highly searched terms and locations as part of their modus operandi, and the below list proves that the most topical superheroes are the ones targeted the hardest. Aquaman, for example, is enjoying unlikely popularity at the moment. He will star in the Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice film coming in March 2016 and there's also been a lot of news and debate online about his standalone film, due in 2018.
If you’ve got a hankering for some superhero fun, check out our article comparing all the DC and Marvel movies available for Presto, Stan and Netflix – it’s an incredible handy resource.
Now, without further ado, please find the top 10 below, as judged by the percentage of search results for each hero that lead to a website testing positive for online threats.
Top Ten Toxic Superhero Searches
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. The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man = 18.85%
8. Catwoman = 18.65%
9. Green Lantern = 18.44%
10. Batman = 18.33%