Documentaries are helpful in understanding the power of digital technology in compromising individual, enterprise, and governmental sovereignty. This week on Let’s Go to the Movies, I revisit one of my favorites documentaries about the power exercised through information systems and software, Zero Days. It will help you understand the cyberwarfare being waged on Baltimore with NSA software weapons – you should assume your city and town is a target no matter where you live in the world.
Zero Days tells the story of Stuxnet, a self-replicating computer malware, known as a “worm” for its ability to burrow from computer to computer on its own. The U.S.A. and Israel unleashed the virus 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 cyber-warfare.