"While most people weren't looking, America went and changed the rules of engagement" - Berlinale Variety review
The ethical and geopolitical implications of cyber-warfare constitute the core inquiry of Zero Days, the latest work from prolific documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney. The film's backdrop is the origin story of Stuxnet, an unprecedentedly complex malware co-designed by American and Israeli intelligence forces to sabotage Iran's nuclear infrastructure. Only first it was hacked— spreading through the inter-webs, infecting computers all over the globe, and precipitating a contemporary arms race only ever spoken of behind closed doors. Amid details of Stuxnet's elaborate cover-up, Gibney reveals American intelligence's principal flaw: it remains perilously opaque. Even former CIA and NSA chief Michael Hayden categorizes the extent to which the US government engages in technological warfare as "over-classified."
After screening in Competition at this year's Berlinale, Zero Days receives its New York premiere today at Sunshine Cinemas.