Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon

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Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon
By Kim Zetter
Published by Crown Publishing Group (Broadway Books), November 11, 2014
ISBN-13: 978-0770436179 (Hard Cover)

“A top cybersecurity journalist tells the story behind the virus that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear efforts and shows how its existence has ushered in a new age of warfare—one in which a digital attack can have the same destructive capability as a megaton bomb. ”


The virus now known as Stuxnet was unlike any other piece of malware built before: Rather than simply hijacking targeted computers or stealing information from them, it proved that a piece of code could escape the digital realm and wreak actual, physical destruction—in this case, on an Iranian nuclear facility.


In these pages, journalist Kim Zetter tells the whole story behind the world’s first cyberweapon, covering its genesis in the corridors of the White House and its effects in Iran—and telling the spectacular, unlikely tale of the security geeks who managed to unravel a top secret sabotage campaign years in the making.


But Countdown to Zero Day also ranges beyond Stuxnet itself, exploring the history of cyberwarfare and its future, showing us what might happen should our infrastructure be targeted by a Stuxnet-style attack, and ultimately, providing a portrait of a world at the edge of a new kind of war.

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About the Author:

Kim Zetter is an award-winning journalist who covers cybercrime, civil liberties, privacy, and security for Wired. She was among the first journalists to cover Stuxnet after its discovery and has authored many of the most comprehensive articles about it. She has also broken numerous stories over the years about WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning, NSA surveillance, and the hacker underground.

See also:

  • An Unprecedented Look at Stuxnet, the World’s First Digital Weapon” WIRED, November 3, 2014
    In an excerpt from her new book, “Countdown to Zero Day,” WIRED’s Kim Zetter describes the dark path the world’s first digital weapon took to reach its target in Iran.
  • Report: Stuxnet Hit 5 Gateway Targets on Its Way to Iranian Plant” WIRED, February 11, 2011
    Attackers behind the Stuxnet computer worm focused on targeting five organizations in Iran that they believed would get them to their final target in that country, according to a new report from security researchers. The five organizations, believed to be the first that were infected with the worm, were targeted in five separate attacks over a number of […]
    (Article includes several related supporting articles.)
  • W32.Stuxnet Dossier” (PDF) Version 1.4 (February 2011) Symantec Security Response