Yossi Melman, NF ’90, is among the Israeli and U.S. officials and experts featured in the cybercrime documentary “Zero Days,” which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February and is slated for limited release in the U.S. this July.
The film, directed by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney (whose many directing credits include “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” and “Taxi to the Dark Side”), details claims that the malware Stuxnet—joint-developed by the U.S. and Israel—was used to penetrate computers at an Iranian uranium enrichment facility and had potential to cripple much of the infrastructure at Iran’s nuclear sites. However, the cyber attacks, which began during the Bush administration (code-named “Olympic Games”) and accelerated during Obama’s early days in office, were foiled after a programming error caused the virus to spread to computers around the world. “Zero Days” includes testimony, delivered anonymously, from NSA and CIA operatives who worked with Mossad and other Israeli colleagues to develop the virus.
Along with being interviewed in the documentary, Melman—a journalist specializing in security and intelligence affairs and the author of “Spies Against Armageddon”—worked as a special consultant along with David Sanger of The New York Times.