Published: 8:41 PM 11/27/2018
written by Corey Reed
the potential threat of aliens...
With so many reports about cyber attacks made by smart Russian hackers and tech-savvy teenagers, the news about space alien’s cyber invasion doesn’t seem that surprising. Sound paranoid, but scientists are worried about the potential threat of aliens’ messages.
The best way they can harm us is to send malicious code to hack our computers or the Internet.
The worst way – hack our brains by disrupting the culture.
In their recent report, astrophysicists Michael Hippke and John Learned have come up with the idea that our telescopes might catch the hazardous messages sent to humanity. It might be:
- A virus that shuts down computers and other equipment.
- A particular message like an ultimatum “Do this for us, or we will destroy the Sun and your entire universe!”
- Malware that programs robots to enslave humanity or erase it from the planet.
Vice versa, aliens might approach us with no evil intended and ask us who we are and how we live.
But while Hollywood films depict green extraterrestrial creatures speaking fluent English, the reality could be different. Most likely, we won’t understand each others’ languages.
What do they need us for?
"Okay, let’s face the fact that beings from other planets might not be friendly. If they were technically developed and smart enough to find us, what would they do with the inferior human civilization? Imagine us asking monkeys to serve and obey – it’s pointless. Probably, the ‘small green creatures’ would feel exactly the same way.
How do they know we’re here?
According to scientists, one-tenth of 1010 planets in our galaxy are potentially habitable. That means there might be other smart creatures in search of other forms of life. But how would they know that Earth is habitable, too?
Even if aliens watched Earth from Mars, they wouldn’t recognize any traces of life – nor landscape changes, neither city night lights.
The only hint is free oxygen in the biosphere. Other substances emitted by live creatures are carbon dioxide, methane, ozone, and water. Space aliens located in light years from us wouldn't notice them from a distance.
At the moment, we don’t have instruments technologically sophisticated enough to check the atmosphere of Proxima Centauri b – the closest extrasolar planet located at 4.22 light years from us.
If ‘Pioneer’ and ‘Voyager’ were moving in the direction of Proxima Centauri, they’d reach the potential contact zone in 80,000 years!
Bring your focus down to land
We can only guess whether space aliens are aware of our existence and would like to contact or attack us. But what poses the real danger to people is... people. Hackers won’t miss the opportunity to contaminate your PC with malware and viruses, so you should be on guard.
Using high-quality antivirus suites, such as Total AV antivirus, you can sleep soundly knowing that your computer and mobile devices are defended against malicious programmers.
The software features a cosmical amount of protection tools to detect viruses and block them for good.