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).