Zero Days

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.

Benjamin Dancer

Benjamin is the author of the literary thriller Patriarch Run, the first book in a series that will include Fidelityand The Story of the Boy. He also writes about parenting, education, sustainability and national security.

Benjamin works as an Advisor at a Colorado high school where he has made a career out of mentoring young people as they come of age. His work with adolescents has informed his stories, which are typically themed around fatherhood and coming-of-age.

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