Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America's Elections

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  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Release year: 2020
  • Running time: 91 min
In advance of the 2020 Presidential Election, Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections takes a deep dive into the weaknesses of today’s election technology, an issue that is little understood by the public or even lawmakers. From directors... read more
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In advance of the 2020 Presidential Election, Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections takes a deep dive into the weaknesses of today’s election technology, an issue that is little understood by the public or even lawmakers. From directors Simon Ardizzone, Russell Michaels and Sarah Teale, the team behind HBO’s 2006 Emmy-nominated documentary Hacking Democracy, Kill Chain again follows Finnish hacker and cyber security expert Harri Hursti as he travels across the U.S. and around the world to show how our election systems remain unprotected, with very little accountability or transparency. Hursti’s eye-opening journey is supplemented by candid interviews with key figures in the election security community, as well as cyber experts and U.S. senators from both parties who are fighting to secure the integrity of the vote before November 2020. As the film shows, individuals, foreign states and other bad actors can employ a myriad of techniques to gain access to voting systems at any stage – from voter registration databases to actual election results. Through this lens, seemingly unrelated or uncoordinated security breaches of the recent past can be seen as part of a “kill chain” – a military doctrine to plot meticulous, long-game attacks, understanding that breaking down trust in voting results is the surest way to undermine democracy. As enlightening as it is disturbing, Kill Chain underscores the fragility of our election process and points to the clear solutions available to protect us against sabotage.

Original Release

03/26/2020

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Cast

Tom Welling Self
Harri Hursti Himself / Self
James Lankford Himself / Self (as Senator James Lankford)
Ron Wyden Himself / Self (as Senator Ron Wyden)
Jeff Moss Self
Carsten Schürmann Self
J. Alex Halderman Self (as Prof. J. Alex Halderman)
Sue Halpern Self - Author
Nathaniel Herz Self - Reporter
Mikko Hyppönen Self
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Directors

Simon Ardizzone, Russell Michaels, Sarah Teale

Cast

Tom Welling Self
Harri Hursti Himself / Self
James Lankford Himself / Self (as Senator James Lankford)
Ron Wyden Himself / Self (as Senator Ron Wyden)
Jeff Moss Self
Carsten Schürmann Self
J. Alex Halderman Self (as Prof. J. Alex Halderman)
Sue Halpern Self - Author
Nathaniel Herz Self - Reporter
Mikko Hyppönen Self
Amy Klobuchar Self (as Senator Amy Klobuchar) / Herself
Douglas Lute Self - US Ambassador to NATO
Ion Sancho Self - Supervisor of Elections
Mark Warner Self (as Senator Mark Warner) / Himself

Producers

Lisa Heller Executive Producer
Jason Blum Executive Producer
Jeremy Gold Executive Producer
Mary Lisio Executive Producer
Marci Wiseman Executive Producer
Nancy Abraham Executive Producer
Michael Hirschorn Producer
Simon Ardizzone Producer
Russell Michaels Producer
Sarah Teale Producer
Jessica Antonini Producer
Vanessa Maruskin Producer
Adam Benowitz Producer
Harry Leadbeater Producer

Editors

Simon Ardizzone, Phillip Schopper

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