Aquaman has been tagged as the number one superhero most likely to be associated with online threats such as spyware, viruses and other malware, according to Intel Security’s "Most Toxic Superheroes 2015" list, which also includes such characters as Wonder Woman, Catwoman and Batman.
As studios revive comic book superheroes for movies and TV series -- such as Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice in March of 2016 and an "Iron Fist" series slated for release by Netflix -- -- users are more likely to search for online information about their favorite characters.
In turn, they are more likely to link to sites containing malware, Intel Security said. These types of threats could result in users having their personal information stolen. Robert Siciliano, online safety expert at Intel Security, writes in his blog about how comic book fans and other users can stay safe (opens in new tab) while reading up on Justice League's Aquaman and others.
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. The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man (tied) 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.
Chelsea Anderson has been with Future for two years. She started as an intern with NewBay Media/Multichannel News in 2015. During her time she wrote bylined articles and program reviews as well as helped with research graphics for the magazine. She later became News Assistant for Broadcasting & Cable in 2017 until 2020 when she became Assistant Content Producer. Chelsea graduated from Niagara University in 2016 with a Bachelor's in Communication Studies and a double minor in Writing Studies and Sociology.
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