We have always wanted to see if we’re alone in the Universe. Since the ancient times, humans have watched the skies waiting for something to come down from there. And who knows, maybe ET has already come down from the skies but this is another topic. Recently, however, scientists theorized that aliens can hack Earth’s computers and install misleading “AI” technologies into our networks.
Hollywood movies have presented similar scenarios
Many Hollywood movies have presented similar ideas, especially in their 90s movies, such as Independence Day in which the aliens started their invasion by hacking the Earth’s satellites’ network.
Also, in Contact, peaceful aliens sent a signal back to Earth with an encoded building plan for a wormhole transportation device.
However, since the technology has hugely evolved in the last decade, scientists and futurists gathered together to think how aliens can attack the Earth from distance.
A new study reveals that aliens can hack Earth’s computers
John Learned and Michael Hippke, two astrophysicists, worked together on a new report paper. According to them, because of the progress in technology and science, more and more alien life hunters use radio telescopes to search for intelligent extraterrestrial life but this can be dangerous for humanity.
The researchers also speculate that an invasive alien civilization can send messages that are meant to cause panic, as well as messages that may mislead humans into believing they encountered with a peaceful alien race.
Learned and Hippke consider that any intelligent life form that’s developed enough to make use of advanced technologies can send back to Earth a hacking signal that can block our whole computers’ system. Also, they can infiltrate a misleading “AI” virus into our computers’ networks.
“If the AI promises to cure cancer, or offers a message of salvation, a cult could form (…) and would be in favor of releasing the AI,” which can cause more harm than salvation, according to the study’s authors.
The researchers concluded that these kinds of signals have to be destroyed because aliens can hack Earth’s computers through them.