In Zero Days, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney explores the phenomenon of Stuxnet, a self-replicating computer virus discovered in 2010 by international IT experts.
Un-officially commissioned by the US and Israeli governments, this malware was designed to specifically sabotage Iran’s nuclear centrifuge system. However, the complex computer worm ended up not only infecting its intended target but also spreading uncontrollably throughout the internet and causing unintended complications for its creators.
Although to this day officially denied, Stuxnet was created by two allied forces who were each pursuing their own agendas, and in doing so opened up the Pandora’s box of cyber warfare.
In Gibney’s film, insiders chronicle the development of a programme code-named ‘Olympic Games’ – a malware which can paralyse the infrastructure of entire states in a split second without leaving any trace of those responsible. This story of a source code that caused severe damage outside cyberspace becomes a cautionary tale about the dangers of unfettered technologies and uncontrolled political power.
This is what World War III …. and beyond will look like.
Produced by Magnolia Pictures.