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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Aquaman is #1 Most Toxic Superhero Internet Search


It seems Aquaman writer Geoff Johns has some fresh material for his continuing mission to address jokes and misconceptions about the King of Atlantis.

In a blog posted yesterday, internet security company McAfee named DC Comics character Aquaman #1 their "Most Toxic Superhero" when it comes to internet searches resulting in risky websites.  Their study, using McAfee SiteAdvisor site ratings, found that "searching for the latest 'Aquaman and free torrent download,' 'Aquaman and watch,' 'Aquaman and online,' and 'Aquaman and free trailer' yields a 18.6% chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware."

McAfee's Top 15 superheroes with the highest percentage of risk:

1. Aquaman 18.60%
2. Mr. Fantastic 18.22%
3. The Hulk 17.30%
4. Wonder Woman 16.77%
5. Daredevil 16.70%
6. Iron Man 15.63%
7. Superman 15.21%
8. Thor 15.10%
9. Green Lantern 15.00%
10. Cyclops 14.40%
11. Wolverine 14.27%
12. Invisible Woman 12.40%
13. Batman 12.30%
14. Captain America 11.77%
15. Spider-Man 11.15%


I'm guessing searching for "Mr. Fantastic" alone could result in something completely different than the leader of the Fantastic Four, which probably accounts for Reed Richards charting so high at #2.

Robert Siciliano, writer of the article, said "With the resurgence of the superheroes into mainstream movies (think Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America to name a few), hackers are leveraging their popularity to target consumers.  Hackers are most successful when they can attract a large number of victims.  One way to target big crowds online is to track current events—everything from celebrity meltdowns and natural disasters to holidays and popular music—and now, superheroes."

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