When there are superheroes in the world\, there are also super villains. According to a study by McAfee, cyber criminals are exploiting the popularity of fictional superheroes such as Superman and Aquaman for stealing personal data of users through malicious software
According to the study, the superhero based websites pose the greatest risk infections. Aquaman is apparently the most dangerous one, with 18.6 % of the websites tested positive for online threats.
With the resurgence of superheroes into mainstream movies, "hackers are leveraging their popularity to target consumers", the study said.
Fans searching for content related to superheroes like Superman and Iron Man are at risk of running into online threats designed to steal personal information, it said. "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," the study said.
'Mr Fantastic' was found as the second most toxic superhero with 18.22 % chances of landing on a website exposed to online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware. The Hulk (17.30 %), Wonder Woman (16.77 %) and Daredevil (16.70 %) were among the other most dangerous superhero searches.
McAfee has advised users to be vary of free downloads such as videos or other files, as they pose the greatest rich of infecting systems.