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An iconic cherry tree in Cam­bridge, said to be the most pho­tographed in the world, had to be felled af­ter it was found to have bracket fun­gus Squir­rels have been iden­ti­fied as one of the ma­jor threats to global crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture, says a new re­port. Along with birds, rats and snakes, the fluffy­tailed per­pe­tra­tors have been re­spon­si­ble for more than 1,700 power cuts since 2013, af­fect­ing nearly five mil­lion peo­ple.

The Cy­ber Squir­rel 1 re­search project’s aim is to coun­ter­act the ‘lu­di­crous­ness of cy­ber-war claims by peo­ple at high lev­els in gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try’. Ap­par­ently, the damage caused by real cy­ber at­tacks is ‘tiny’ com­pared to what an­i­mals can do.

Oth­ers on the black­list in­clude rac­coons, martens and frogs; in 2013, a jelly fish man­aged to shut down a Swedish nu­clear power plant (by clog­ging the pipes that carry cool wa­ter to the tur­bines).

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