CyberWar Threat

As internet connections multiply so do points of attack and risks to national security. Airing October 14, 2015 at 9 pm on PBS Aired October 14, 2015 on PBS

Program Description

The global cyberwar is heating up and the stakes are no longer limited to the virtual world of computers. Now, thanks in part to secret documents released by Edward Snowden, the true scale of the National Security Agency's scope and power is coming to light. Besides spending billions of dollars to ingest and analyze the worlds' electronic communications, the NSA has set out to dominate a new battlefield—cyberspace. NOVA examines the science and technology behind cyber warfare and asks if we are already in the midst of a deadly new arms race. Already, highly sophisticated, stealthy computer programs such as the notorious Stuxnet worm can take over and even destroy the control systems that regulate everything from food factories to gas pipelines, power plants, and chemical facilities—even our cars. While the destruction of Iranian centrifuges may have delayed Iran’s bomb program and forestalled an Israeli attack, the attack has opened a Pandora's Box, and now America's own critical infrastructure is vulnerable to retaliation and attack. With leading defense experts and investigative journalists who have probed the murky realm of criminal and strategic hacking, NOVA examines the chilling new reality of cyberwar in which no nation or individual is safe from attack.

 

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Participants

James Bamford
Author, The Shadow Factory
Eric Chien
Symantec
Richard Clarke
Former Pres. Advisor, Cybersecurity
James Comey
FBI Director
Shane Harris
Author, @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex
Michael Hayden
Former Director, NSA Director (1999-2005), CIA (2006-2009)
Tadayoshi Kohno
University of Washington
Ralph Langner
Principal, Langner Group
Liam O'Murchu
Senior Development Manager, Symantec
Temitope Oluwafemi
University of Washington
Perry Pederson
Department of Homeland Security (2006-2007)
David Rothkopf
Editor, Foreign Policy
Edward Snowden
Former NSA Contractor
Alex Takakuwa
University of Washington
Joe Weiss
Control System Cybersecurity Expert
Tariq Yusuf
University of Washington
Kim Zetter
Author, Countdown to Zero Day

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