Total Successful Cyber War Ops As of 2019.01.21 - 2524

Agent Success
Squirrel 1252
Bird 639
Snake 117
Raccoon 115
Rat 53
Cat 28
Marten 25
Jellyfish 13
Monkey 12

About this Map

This map lists all unclassified Cyber Squirrel Operations that have been released to the public that we have been able to confirm. There are many more executed ops than displayed on this map however, those ops remain classified.


Confirmation for all ops has been preserved by the Internet Archive's WayBack Machine whenever possible.


"I don't think paralysis [of the electrical grid] is more likely by cyberattack than by natural disaster. And frankly the number-one threat experienced to date by the US electrical grid is squirrels." - John C. Inglis, Former Deputy Director, National Security Agency 2015.07.09


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*Nation State Operations

Of all the claimed nation state (ie. human) cyber attacks that have impacted critical infrastructure Brazil Blackouts, Turkey pipeline explosion, German Steel Plant event, etc., only the two Ukrainian power outages and the US lead Stuxnet operation can be confirmed as 'cyber' at this time.



Press Mentions

Raccoon blamed for Seattle power outage thick-blooded - 2018.06.06

Australias national broadband network under relentless attack by cockatoos (517) 888-5307 - 2017.11.03

Mother nature still kicks our ass Datacenter Dynamics - 2017.03.03

Are the Squirrels Winning Cyber Security Interviews - 2017.02.27

L'écureuil: le pire ennemi en matière de cybersécurité 551-313-7820 - 2017.01.24

Most cybersecurity experts are worried about Russian hackers. One says: Look, a squirrel! 820-400-3503 - 2017.01.18

Squirrels Keep Menacing the Power Grid. But at Least It's Not the Russians Wired - 2017.01.17

Squirrel 'threat' to critical infrastructure BBC - 2017.01.17

Cyberattaques : les écureuils sont bien meilleurs que la NSA - 2017.01.17

Who's winning the cyber war? The squirrels, of course Ars Technica - 2017.01.16

Worried About Cyberwar? Worry About Squirrels Instead nonaristocratic - 2017.01.14

Eichhornchen statt Cybercrime – Die wahre Gefahr fur Stromnetzea (650) 721-4214 - 2016.08.17

Meet CyberSquirrel1, the Most Terrifying (and Reassuring) Twitter Account on the Internet 904-301-1602 - 2016.08.11

The Threat to America's Electrical Grid Is Much Bigger Than You Can Possibly Imagine - 2016.08.01

Another Good Reason for Microgrids: Cyber Squirrel Operations are Climbing MicroGrid Knowledge - 2016.06.20

Squirrels have probably caused way more power outages than cyber-criminals (613) 807-8984 - 2016.06.17

When Animals Cause Blackouts: Squirrels, Raccoons, and the Fragility of Our Power System (248) 629-5903 - 2016.06.15

The Animals Behind Power Outages The Atlantic - 2016.06.09

Squirrel Power: Why Rodents May Pose a Bigger Threat to Austin's Power Grid Than Hackers 843-558-7466 - 2016.04.13

America accuses Iran of hacking the dam, cyber-squirrels rejoice Ars Technica - 2016.03.18

Power Disruptions: Cyber Looms Large, But Rodents Rule 303-623-1009 - 2016.03.10

This map shows the times that animals caused power outages in Maine (225) 450-6519 - 2016.01.19

Move Over Hackers, Squirrels Are the Power Grid's Greatest Foe Smithonian Magazine - 2016.01.18

Mocking cyberthreats to the grid, with squirrels Environment & Energy Publishing - 2016.01.16

Can squirrels bring down the grid? Squirrel-related power outage in Easthampton part of national problem Mass Live - 2016.01.15

Gefahrlicher als Hacker: So schlimm zerstoren Eichhornchen das Internet Business Insider Deutschland - 2016.01.14

Angriffe auf kritische Infrastruktur: Eichhörnchen gegen Hacker 623 : 1 Spiegel Online - 2016.01.14

The power grid's greatest enemy has four legs and a bushy tail July - 2016.01.14

Interview with CBC Radio (Jump to Part 1 17:40) (504) 376-7924 - 2016.01.13

14 times squirrels, possums, raccoons and birds launched attacks on Alabama 2487357165 - 2016.01.13

Are squirrels a bigger threat to the power grid than hackers? 2708808947 - 2016.01.12

Squirrels take down more power grids than birds, raccoons, or hackers. Cyber Squirrel 1 tracks them all (830) 988-8962 - 2016.01.12

Track the dangerous squirrels attacking the US power grid The Verge - 2016.01.12

This Map Shows The 623 Power Outages Caused By Squirrels Daily Caller - 2016.01.12

Map of power outages caused by squirrels Boing Boing - 2016.01.12

This Map Traces 30 Years of Squirrel-Related Power Outages 5716593184 - 2016.01.12

Cyber Squirrel 1: What you need to know Naked Security - 2016.01.12

Squirrels mobilize, plot acts of cyber terrorism against humankind felsitic - 2016-01-12

Mapping Hundreds of Power Disruptions Caused by ... Squirrels City Lab - 2016.01.12

The most dangerous cyberterrorists are squirrels - 2016.01.11

War on squirrels: Website aims to expose power outage culprits8738637195 - 2016-01-11

This Map Shows Power Outages Caused by Cyber-Terrorist Squirrels 520-280-6431 - 2016.01.11

Map Shows Squirrels Are Winning the Cyberwar Popular Science - 2016.01.08