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ERA’s Pick of the week #TVforHE – Zero Day

As a part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make the best use of material available to them, we highlight our ‘top pick’ each week.


This week our #TVforHE pick is Alex Gibney’s documentary film, Zero Day – Nuclear Cyber Sabotage  BBC4, 16 January 9pm and BBCiPlayer

From the BBC4 webpage for the film:

“Documentary thriller about warfare in a world without rules – the world of cyberwar. It tells the story of Stuxnet, self-replicating computer malware, known as a ‘worm’ for its ability to burrow from computer to computer on its own. In a covert operation, the American and Israeli intelligence agencies allegedly unleashed Stuxnet to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility. Ultimately the ‘worm’ spread beyond its intended target.

Zero Days is the most comprehensive account to date of how a clandestine mission opened forever the Pandora’s box of cyber warfare. A cautionary tale of technology, politics, unintended consequences, morality, and the dangers of secrecy.”


Another related resource:

The Inquiry

From BBC World Service this May 2015 edition of the radio series  investigates how real the threat of cyber warfare really is.  From the programme’s webpage:

“The former US Secretary of Defence, Leon Panetta, has said “there’s a strong likelihood that the next Pearl Harbor could very well be a cyber attack that cripples our power system or our grid, our security systems, our financial systems, our governmental systems. This is a real possibility in today’s world”. But how real is the threat of cyber warfare? Four expert witness help us separate fact from fiction.”