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Zero Days (2016)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 8 July 2016 (USA)
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A documentary focused on Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware 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.

Director:

Alex Gibney

Writer:

Alex Gibney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergey Ulasen Sergey Ulasen ... Himself
Eric Chien Eric Chien ... Himself
Eugene Kaspersky Eugene Kaspersky ... Himself
Vitaly Kamluk Vitaly Kamluk ... Himself
Ralph Langner Ralph Langner ... Himself
Liam O'Murchu Liam O'Murchu ... Himself
David Sanger David Sanger ... Himself
Gary Samore Gary Samore ... Himself
Rolf Mowatt-Larssen Rolf Mowatt-Larssen ... Himself
Olli Heinonen Olli Heinonen ... Himself
Emad Kiyaei Emad Kiyaei ... Himself
Richard Clarke ... Himself (as Richard A. Clarke)
Michael Hayden ... Himself (as General Michael Hayden)
Yossi Melman Yossi Melman ... Himself
Amos Yadlin Amos Yadlin ... Himself (as Major General Amos Yadin)
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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.

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In 2010, a new cyberweapon is found lurking in computers around the world. Stuxnet, it is 20x more complex than any former virus. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

PG-13 for some strong language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

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English | Persian | German | French | Hebrew | Arabic | Russian

Release Date:

8 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kriget i datanätet See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,110, 10 July 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$104,906, 29 July 2016
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Michael Hayden: Look, for longest time, I was in fear that I couldn't say the phrase Computer Network Attack. This stuff is hideously over classified and it gets into the way of a mature public discussion as to what it is we as a democracy want our nation to be doing up here in the cyber domain. Now, this is the former director of NSA and CIA saying this stuff is over classified. One of the reasons it's highly classified as it is: this is a peculiar weapon system. This is the weapon system that's come out of ...
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A gold standard in documentary films and a very interesting story
21 May 2017 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

Once you go beyond the automatic dislike of computer screen hexadecimals turning into beautiful 3D animations, which is the norm in all popularizing documentaries, you can see not only how interesting the story is and how well the film is done, but how much effort came into the gathering of the information in it.

This two hour film describes how Stuxnet changed the world, first from the eyes of malware researchers and how they discovered the worm and how they started to analyze it and realize how advanced it is and what it does, then goes into the political realm, describing how the US and Israel did this to Iran, then narrows down, showing not only how this was something the US did to prevent the Israelis to do even worse things, but how Stuxnet came back to bite its creators in the ass. In the end we are shown the true reality of a world in which anyone can do horrible damage with no attribution while the security institutions keep everything secret and out of public discussion and decision.

A very informative movie, filled with useful tidbits, showing the story of Stuxnet from start to end and to later consequences, interesting to both technical people and laymen alike. Well done!


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