The bad guy in my realistic thriller Patriarch Run wants to use a sophisticated cyberattack to take down America's power grid. You can review my research and learn just how that can be done at my Discussion Guide.
And now there's a new documentary that also explores the implications of such an attack.
Alex Gibney’s Zero Days is a documentary thriller about the world of cyberwar. For the first time, the film tells the complete story of 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.
Zero Days is a comprehensive accounting of how a clandestine mission hatched by two allies with clashing agendas opened forever the Pandora’s Box of cyberwarfare.
Beyond the technical aspects of the story, Zero Days reveals a web of intrigue involving the CIA, the US Military's new cyber command, Israel's Mossad and operations that include both espionage and covert assassinations. It also reveals a new generation of cyberweapons, the destructive power of which is matched only by nuclear war.
If you'd like to learn more about how a cyberattack could be as destructive as a nuclear war, you can read about that at my Discussion Guide.