Aquaman is the Internet's 'Most Toxic' Superhero, Says Survey

DC's King of the Seas tops study into which superheroic web searches are most likely to lead to malware and spam phishing.
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After years of being a punchline to countless jokes about lame superheroes, Aquaman is enjoying a curious kind of revenge. The character has been named as the "most toxic superhero" in a new study by McAfee that investigates the superhero most likely to lead to malware, spam or phishing online.

Robert Siciliano, self-described "online security and safety evangelist to McAfee," is the man behind the report, which he explained was the result of hackers using the current popularity of superheroes to lure unsuspecting visitors to what used to be called the World Wide Web into downloading suspicious files and software.

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"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," Siciliano writes, noting that the new study "confirms that scammers consider popular trends when deciding which victims to target."

Well, if that's really the case, then scammers may have to work on their methods, because the superheroes whose name searches bring the highest possibility of risk of malware infection are Aquaman, Mr. Fantastic (of the Fantastic Four), the Hulk, Wonder Woman and Daredevil, only a couple of him could really lay claim to being household names.

The more well-known heroes come further down the list; Iron Man is the sixth likeliest superhero to lead to trouble, with Superman, Thor, Green Lantern and X-Men's Cyclops trailing behind. Batman only comes in at #13 on the list, and Spider-Man is #15 with just an 11.15% chance of infecting your computer following a web search.