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


Through the darkness

of the pathways that we marched,

evil and good lived

side by side.

And this is the nature of...

Of life.

We are in an unbalanced

and inequivalent confrontation

between democracies

who are obliged

to play by the rules

and entities who think

democracy is a joke.

You can't convince fanatics

by saying,

"hey, hatred paralyzes you,

love releases you."

There are different rules that

we have to play by.

Female newsreader: Today, two of

Iran's top nuclear scientists

were targeted by hit squads.

Female newsreader 2:

...In the capital Tehran.

Male newsreader:
...The latest

in a string of attacks.

Female newsreader 3: Today's

attack has all the hallmarks

of major strategic sabotage.

Female newsreader 4:

Iran immediately accused

the U.S. and Israel

of trying to damage

its nuclear program.

Mahmoud ahmadinejad:

I want to categorically deny

any United States involvement

in any kind of act of violence

inside Iran.

Covert actions can help,

can assist.

They are needed, they are not

all the time essential,

and they, in no way,

can replace political wisdom.

Alex gibney:

Were the assassinations in Iran

related to

the stuxnet computer attacks?

Uh, next question, please.

Male newsreader:

Iran's infrastructure

is being targeted

by a new and dangerously

powerful cyber worm.

The so-called stuxnet worm

is specifically designed,

it seems,

to infiltrate and sabotage

real-world power plants

and factories and refineries.

Male newsreader 2: It's not

trying to steal information

or grab your credit card,

they're trying to get into

some sort of industrial plant

and wreak havoc trying

to blow up an engine or...

Male newsreader 3:

Male newsreader 4:

No one knows

who's behind the worm

and the exact nature

of its mission,

but there are fears Iran

will hold Israel

or America responsible

and seek retaliation.

Male newsreader 5:

It's not impossible that

some group of hackers did it,

but the security experts

that are studying this

really think this required

the resource of a nation-state.

Okay, and spinning.

Okay, good.

Here we go.

What impact, ultimately,

did the stuxnet attack have?

Can you say?

I don't want to

get into the details.

Since the event

has already happened,

why can't we talk more openly

and publicly about stuxnet?

Yeah, I mean, my answer

is because it's classified.

I... I won't knowledge...

You know, knowingly

offer up anything

i consider classified.

I know that you

can't talk much about stuxnet,

because stuxnet

is officially classified.

You're right on

both those counts.


But there has been

a lot reported

about it in the press.

I don't want

to comment on this.

I read it in the newspaper,

the media, like you,

but I'm unable

to elaborate upon it.

People might find it frustrating

not to be able to talk about it

when it's in the public domain,



I find it frustrating.

Yeah, I'm sure you do.

I don't answer that question.


i can't comment.

I do not know

how to answer that.

Two answers before you even

get started, I don't know,

and if I did, we wouldn't talk

about it anyway.

How can you have

a debate if everything's secret?

I think right now

that's just where we are.

No one wants to...

Countries aren't happy

about confessing

or owning up to what they did

because they're not quite sure

where they want

the system to go.

And so whoever

was behind stuxnet

hasn't admitted

they were behind it.


Asking officials about stuxnet

was frustrating and surreal,

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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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