“Zero Days” is a fascinating and alarming documentary about the Stuxnet computer virus that raised red flags throughout the cybersecurity world in 2010 due to its complexity and ambiguous threat.
Told in urgent fashion with first-hand accounts from cyber professionals from around the globe, the film details the efforts of analysts to painstakingly dissect the Stuxnet code, and ultimately determine that it was the wayward product of a joint effort between the U.S. and Israel governments to sabotage centrifuges inside Iran’s Natanz nuclear plant—in the hopes of slowing their development of nuclear weapons.
The mystery that unfolds layer-by-layer in “Zero Days” is delivered with urgency and dismay, as the implications of the covert operation come to light—including the legitimate threat of retaliation by the Iranian government. It’s a stunning real-life thriller from renowned documentary Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) that not only details the complexities of advanced coding in a remarkably evocative visual manner, but also spells out much of the modern espionage involved in making such an elaborate operation even possible.
Ultimately, the message that “Zero Days” conveys is that cyberwarfare is very much our new reality in this modern era, and this documentary should to be seen by anyone with any degree of concern over their safety and security in the 21st century. An absolute must-see.
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