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Review: “Zero Days”

Posted by on March 15, 2017.

Zero Days (2016)
Director: Alex Gibney
Participant Media, Showtime Documentary Films, Magnolia Home Entertainment

Overall, this can be seen as a reasonable assessment of the events, and agencies, that led to the creation of the Stuxnet computer virus. If you don’t know background details yourself.

If you do, it’s a bit annoying. On the technical side, the filmmakers have only talked to Symantec and Kaspersky, and Eugene doesn’t get much screen time. In fact, many researchers from many companies contributed to the overall study of Stuxnet, and some facts and implications were known much more quickly than is implied by the film.

In regard to the government, military, and intelligence personnel interviewed (and, again, they take up much more time than is given to the techies) if you pay careful attention to the dates of service given in the film itself, you will see that people who claim to have been involved were not in the right agencies at the right time.

As stated above, the film doesn’t really misrepresent the situation (although the tone does get a bit ominous towards the end). Still, it would have been nice had they done a bit more research first.

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