Zero Days

Synopsis: Documentary detailing claims of American/Israeli jointly developed malware Stuxnet being deployed not only to destroy Iranian enrichment centrifuges but also threaten attacks against Iranian civilian infrastructure. Adresses obvious potential blowback of this possibly being deployed against the US by Iran in retaliation.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Alex Gibney
Production: Jigsaw Productions
  8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

like asking the emperor

about his new clothes.

Even after the cyber weapon

had penetrated computers

all over the world,

no one was willing

to admit it was loose

or talk about

the dangers it posed.

What was it about

the stuxnet operation

that was hiding in plain sight?

Maybe there was a way

the computer code

could speak for itself.

Stuxnet first surfaced

in Belarus.

I started with a call

to the man who discovered it

when his clients in Iran

began to panic

over an epidemic

of computer shutdowns.

Had you ever seen anything

quite so sophisticated before?

Eric chien:

On a daily basis, basically

we are sifting through

a massive haystack looking for

that proverbial needle.

We get millions of pieces

of new malicious threats

and there are millions of

attacks going on

every single day.

And only way are trying to

protect people

and their computers and...

And their systems

and countries' infrastructure

from being taken down

by those attacks.

But more importantly, we have

to find the attacks that matter.

When you're talking about

that many,

impact is extremely important.

Eugene kaspersky: Twenty years

ago, the antivirus companies,

they were hunting

for computer viruses

because there were not so many.

So we had, like,

tens of dozens a month,

and there was just

little numbers.

Now, we collect millions

of unique attacks every month.

Vitaly kamluk:
This room we call

a woodpecker's room

or a virus lab,

and this is where

virus analysts sit.

We call them woodpeckers

because they are

pecking the worms,

network worms, and viruses.

And we see, like, three

different groups of hackers

behind cyber-attacks.

They are traditional

cyber criminals.

Those guys are interested

only in illegal profit.

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Alex Gibney

Philip Alexander "Alex" Gibney (born October 23, 1953) is an American documentary film director and producer. In 2010, Esquire magazine said Gibney "is becoming the most important documentarian of our time".His works as director include Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (winner of three Emmys in 2015), We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (the winner of three primetime Emmy awards), Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (nominated in 2005 for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature); Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (short-listed in 2011 for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature); Casino Jack and the United States of Money; and Taxi to the Dark Side (winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature), focusing on a taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed at Bagram Air Force Base in 2002. more…

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