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The most dangerous cyberterrorists are squirrels

The most dangerous cyberterrorists are squirrels
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Forget about China. Forget about Russia. The biggest cyberthreat we face each and every single day comes from squirrels. Yes, squirrels.

A new, somewhat satirical site, cybersquirrel1.com, has mapped out nearly 1,000 "cyberattacks" launched across the world by evil squirrels, birds, raccoons, snakes, beavers and even a few rats.

While the site might seem like a joke, it appears that the statistics are very real. Hover over or select and click on a highlighted section of the map and you'll see links to local new reports about animals knocking out power or chewing through cables, from Australia to Zimbabwe, Bolivia to the United Kingdom and just about every U.S. state in between.

You can also narrow down the instances by type of animal, the year, or month of the incident. Each instance was gathered from Twitter and verified by the Internet Archive's Wayback machine.

According to the site, so far to date, there have been 623 squirrel attacks, 214 bird attacks, 52 by raccoons, 47 by snakes, 25 by rats, 9 by beavers, 0 by China, 0 by Russia and one completed by USA.

So next time you get worried about the threat of a cyberattack, remember that the chances are greater that your neighborhood squirrel is more likely to knock out your power than Russia or China.

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