Dangerous “animal hackers”

  In 2013, the power grids of four states in the United States were cut off successively, affecting the lives of thousands of people. Some of them were trapped in elevators, and some were trapped in chaotic traffic intersections (without traffic lights). Going home to rest, I can’t eat a bite of hot rice. At that time, it was also on Memorial Day in the United States. People didn’t know what was going on, and they gradually fell into an atmosphere of panic. At this time, a rumor spread quickly: this was a large-scale, perfectly coordinated hacker attack. So people began to speculate, who is the hacker behind? What is their purpose?
  In fact, everyone’s imagination is too rich, and the whole story is not so complicated. In the case of cutting off the power grid, the “hacker” involved neither used a computer nor a tiny bit of explosives. The weapon was very simple, consisting of four small claws. These “hackers” are native “locals”-petite and cute big-tailed squirrels.
  Every country has very important infrastructures: power grids, communication networks and transportation systems. These facilities serve people and become an indispensable part of modern human society. Imagine that the communication network was hacked and quickly collapsed. Your phone has no signal for more than 30 hours. You must be fidgeting. For many years, the security department has been studying which methods hackers might use to get the national infrastructure into trouble, but in many cases, the expected hacker is completely different from the actual “hacker”.
  Because the actual “hackers” are not humans, but curious animals. They don’t even know how many crimes they have committed, how terrible these crimes are, but they are true hackers, and they are everywhere on land, sea and air.
  In contrast, taking the United States as an example, there have been only 3 or 4 successful cases of human hackers attacking Internet industrial facilities. Cyber ​​attacks are very difficult. First of all, you have to develop a powerful computer virus. This is a huge project. It may take months or years to plan. Maybe only well-equipped and well-funded hackers. Organization can do it. But some animal “hacker organizations” in nature have not considered so many things at all. They don’t need money or viruses, but their ability to “hack into” human facilities is extremely powerful. So next, let’s take a look at who among them and how they are destructive.
  No. 1 Hacker: squirrel
  preferred target: the substation
  area: North America, Europe
  weapons: front teeth, systemic
  destructive power: power failure, the collapse of the power grid
  human painstakingly built up important infrastructure, but was easily destroy a group of hackers, which is the world The most successful anonymous hacker group, they are the little squirrels!
  Since statistics, squirrels have attacked important human facilities more than 4,000 times, more than 1,000 times that of human hackers. Under normal circumstances, squirrels will run into the substation and bite off the energized cables and wires of the antenna mast, causing a short circuit in the grid. Sometimes the attack time is very short, lasting only a few seconds, a short attack may cause your home’s lights to flicker suddenly. However, don’t ignore the abilities of these little furry animals. Their glorious “history of hacking operations” includes: the operation of the Nasdaq stock exchange on Wall Street has been closed twice; The water crisis lasted for 37 hours; a substation in Canada caused a big fire, cutting off the area’s electricity supply for one hour. Even the former deputy director of the National Security Agency admitted that the number one hacker threatening the power grid is squirrels. These four-legged little hackers are very troublesome.
  In order to prevent the attack of squirrel hackers, people have come up with many methods, such as installing fences on the windows of substations, placing squirrel’s natural enemy-pine marten (fake) in important positions of the power grid, or sprinkling another natural enemy- The fox’s urine scared the squirrel away. However, biological hackers did not stop their actions, and the furry “terrorists” are still active.
  Although attacking at the same time, the squirrel also risked its life-being electrocuted or turned into coke in the moment of a big explosion. However, the substation still has great attraction to them. The substation provides them with a shelter from natural enemies, and the electric fan that dissipates the heat from the substation can draw in some plant seeds and some food. Plus there are always some instruments for them to gnaw: squirrels’ incisors grow 2.5 centimeters a year, and they need to gnaw constantly to grind their teeth. In the process of grinding teeth, the crisis of mankind also comes.
  But for humans, the risk of not just running around a tree squirrel ………
  2 Hackers: Sea Moon jellyfish
  preferred target: nuclear power plant near the coast
  areas: subtropical
  weapon: tentacles, systemic
  destructive: plug the cooling pipes, off
  nuclear power plants regarded as one of the planet’s most secure facilities. So far, human hackers have never caused serious damage to them, but a creature without a high-level brain could not resist their desire for destruction and launched an attack on a nuclear power plant on the coast, and it was successful. They live in the ocean, and they have a beautiful name-sea moon jellyfish, also known as “little moon in the ocean”.
  In 2013, a nuclear power plant on the coast of Sweden was working normally, but it didn’t take long for the staff to find that the power supply was not available. After all sorts of searches, they discovered the “black” sea moon jellyfish entering the nuclear power plant. At that time, a large group of sea moon jellyfish was stuck in the cold water pipe of this nuclear power plant. It is necessary to know that a large amount of steaming steam will be produced after nuclear power plants generate electricity, so power plants need to introduce a large amount of sea water to cool the steam. If the water intake is blocked by jellyfish and the introduction of seawater is not enough, the nuclear power plant can only reduce power output or stop power supply. This nuclear power plant provides 10% of Sweden’s electricity supply, and the blockage of jellyfish caused the nuclear power plant to shut down for three days.
  Although people have set up protective nets at the water intake, the frustration is that the number of “hackers” is huge-people have caught 600 tons of jellyfish in one day with a cleaning machine. So many jellyfish made the protective net overwhelmed and broken. After that, these jellyfish took over the cold water pipeline and disrupted the nuclear power plant.
  For nuclear power plants along the coast, if they want to operate normally, ocean hackers like sea moon jelly must not be ignored.
  Hackers 3: Birds
  prime target: high-voltage
  area: worldwide
  Weapons: wings, feet, stool
  destructive power: the power interruption transportation
  we often see birds lined up in a high-voltage line, if they just quietly stand There, nothing terrible will happen. Because standing on a high-voltage line, the voltage applied to the bird is very small, and the current passing through the body is very weak, so they are fine. However, if a bird “splits”, the situation is quite different.
  Suppose the bird’s wings or feet accidentally touch the high-voltage line and the Luo iron on the top of the pole at the same time, then it will form a loop with the ground, which is equivalent to connecting the live wire and the ground wire, which may cause a short circuit in the circuit . Immediately afterwards, white smoke came out of the telephone poles, sparks splashed, and a loud “bang” sound was made. The bird was scorched, the power supply system was interrupted, and sometimes a fire was caused. For example, in 2012, there was a sudden power outage near a middle school in Wuhan. The telephone pole in front of the middle school was on fire, and under the telephone pole was a bird resembling a turtle dove, whose feathers were blown off. And this bird was the culprit that caused the power outage. It short-circuited the high-voltage line and caught fire, and lost its life. The weapon of bird hackers is not only the body, their feces are also extraordinary weapons. Even a tiny bit of bird droppings from the sky, hitting certain places on the high-voltage line, will cause the same disaster.
  In order to keep birds away from high-voltage lines, people install models of their natural enemies on high-voltage lines. For example, to drive pigeons away, people put fake owls on high-voltage lines. But this method is not perfect, because it may cause other problems. For example, once a falcon used a fake owl as an attack object, it unfortunately “split” and eventually caused a power outage.
  Hackers No. 4: yellow crazy ants
  preferred target: electronics
  areas: North America and South America
  weapons: chemical hormones
  destructive power: the power grid cause a short circuit and system malfunction
  In the movie “Ant-Man”, a kind of cute yellow mad ants appeared. They have incredible electromagnetic power generation and electrical conductivity, which are deeply loved by people. But in real life, their reputation is not very good.
  Other ants usually like to collect litter and build nests on the ground or on branches, but yellow crazy ants prefer man-made electronic equipment: computers, fuse boxes, power stations. They are small in size and can penetrate many small gaps, so they can easily enter various electronic devices. Entomologists believe that the reason why they have a soft spot for electronic devices may be because electronic devices are warmer and more suitable for the survival of yellow mad ants. But the distressing thing is that they don’t stay well in electronic devices. They often bite the insulation material of the wires and cause a short circuit in the power grid.
  What’s more terrifying is that if a yellow mad ant is electrocuted, its body will release an alarm pheromone to tell its companions: there is danger ahead and it is dead! Subsequently, the alarm pheromone will attract an army of ants. In order to protect their homes, the yellow crazy ants will activate the attack mode, rampage in electronic equipment, crawl frantically, and bite everywhere, often destroying the entire power system.
  They have caused several major chaos in a chemical plant in North America, and the pipeline valve control system of the chemical plant has failed twice. It is estimated that this kind of crazy insects cause up to 145 million US dollars in losses every year.