Broadcasting the Beatles risks alien attack

I couldn’t make this up if I tried…

Nasa started to beam the song towards the North Star, 431 light years from Earth at midnight GMT on Monday, drawing congratulations from former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, who mused that it marked “the beginning of the new age in which we will communicate with billions of planets across the universe.”

But today’s New Scientist asks whether such signals could expose us to the risk of attack from mean spirited aliens.

I’m shaking in my boots here.

/end snark

(found the link on Jay Lake’s blog)