(Fox News) – Do Earthlings need to be prepared for the potential of an alien cyber attack?

That’s the question almost no one is asking but at least two astrophysicists are answering.

In a rather unusual (non-peer reviewed) research paper, the scientists explored the unlikely possibility that planet Earth received a complex message from space.

They paint a scenario in which three decades from now, we intercept the message from an unknown extraterrestrial intelligence. The world’s best and brightest are brought in to decipher the message but just as they do, our digital networks, power grids and internet connected devices all crash.

It turns out the aliens sent a type of galactic malware.

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