The Perfect Weapon
Catalogue Number: 395333
Producer: Films Media Group
Subject: American History, Business Studies, Canadian World Studies, Consumer Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Current Events, Cyber Education, Documentary, Economics, Global Issues, Global Studies, Media and Communications, Media Literacy, Politics, Science, Social Issues, Social Media, Social Sciences
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: United States
Copyright Year: 2020
Running Time: 86:00
This edge-of-your-seat documentary special explores the disturbing rise of cyber conflict and how it has evolved into the primary way nations sabotage one another. Based on a best-selling book by New York Times national security correspondent David E. Sanger, The Perfect Weapon explores the rise of cyber conflict as the primary way nations now compete with and sabotage one another. Directed by Emmy®-winning filmmaker John Maggio (HBO’s Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis), and featuring interviews with top military, intelligence, and political officials on the frontlines of cyberterrorism, the documentary brings to light the combatants and innocent victims caught in the crosshairs of a hidden war that has been going on for decades – a war that America started, but has no idea how to finish. Traveling from the deserts of Iran and Las Vegas to the back alleys of Beijing and Moscow, the film chronicles America’s pursuit of enemies who have plotted against our institutions, our economy, and the very heart of our democracy. A never-before-seen look inside the secret world of spies, hackers, and scammers in the lead-up to the 2020 U.S. elections, for which fear of cyberattacks has mounted to an all-time high, The Perfect Weapon is a timely reflection on the ultimate price – and potential “victors” – of this high stakes conflict.
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