Zero Days - Alex Gibney's Stuxnet malware documentary

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    Zero Days Official Trailer

    Zero Days Movie Clip

    The film tells the story of Stuxnet, self-replicating computer malware (known as a "worm" for its ability to burrow from computer to computer on its own) that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target. It's the most comprehensive accounting to date of how a clandestine mission hatched by two allies with clashing agendas opened forever the Pandora's Box of cyberwarfare.

    Zero Days (Official Movie Site)

    In Theatres, On Demand, On Amazon Video and on iTunes July 8

    In Alex Gibney's Malware Doc Zero Days, Stuxnet Is Scarier Than Skynet | L.A. Weekly


    Since no terrorist group or nation state has ever claimed credit for Stuxnet, Gibney can only hypothesize about its origins, but he makes an alarmingly lucid (if circumstantial) case for the culpability of the United States and Israel. Stuxnet appears to have been authorized by President George W. Bush as an attempt to soothe Israel’s urgent desire to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities. The Natanz hack took place on President Obama’s watch, and, indeed, there’s a suggestion here that Obama leveraged the threat of more Stuxnet-style attacks to get Iran to the nuclear bargaining table.

    Zero Days Director Alex Gibney Prepares for the Malware Takeover | L.A. Weekly


    The malware he’s talking about is called Stuxnet, a highly sophisticated code discovered by cyber-security experts Eric Chien and Liam O’Murchu that displays some jaw-dropping characteristics — including the ability to infect a computer even if you’ve done nothing to allow that to happen. When Chien and O’Murchu deconstructed Stuxnet, the product of a nation state, they found that it was made specifically to inflict actual physical harm, something that only seemed possible before in Tom Cruise blockbusters.

    For instance, one aspect of the code allowed it to manipulate nuclear storage containers in an Iranian facility, dropping their temperatures or speeding up the circular motion inside that keeps the vessels stable. This malware is likely responsible for three separate explosions in Iranian nuclear facilities, but it disguised them as simple, blameless mechanical failures. The destruction is slow, long-term and insidious — until something big happens.

    Most disturbing, the virus carries out preordained orders embedded into its code; nobody’s sitting at a desk hacking away or pushing a big red button, and nobody can stop it. Because computers now control most mechanics, from your Prius to your apartment building’s front door, a code like this one, with instructions not just to shut something down but to actively cause large-scale destruction — while obscuring the source — is terrifying.

    “The hardest part was finding people who would talk about this,” says Gibney. “There are a number of people who aren't in the film who we interviewed, and they promised us they were going to talk about x, y and z, and when we put the camera down, they gave us broad generalities. They got terrified that they would be crossing some classified line, that they might be prosecuted or lose security clearance.”

    The latest scary story from the guy behind ‘Going Clear’ | The Boston Globe


    Recently we met with Gibney ... where the prolific director of nearly three dozen films ... discussed his latest documentary and why he felt compelled to make it.

    Documentary Explores The Cyber-War Secrets Of Stuxnet | NPR

    Alex Gibney's new documentary, Zero Days, looks at the Stuxnet worm — a cyber weapon developed by the U.S. and Israel. Gibney talks to NPR's Ari Shapiro about the film and the future of cyber warfare.

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    Thank you TWG, once again you found just what I wondered about
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    Dissecting Stuxnet

    Understanding Stuxnet/ covert responses to Iran
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    Stuxnet in 60 Minutes
  5. Stuxnet was only a matter of time.
    A book titled 'Concealed Integrity' has something even more devastating.
    ISBN-13: 978-0980067019

    Scary stuff

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