After the emergence of the Stuxnet virus, supposedly targeted at Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, the importance of the connection between nuclear and information technologies has increased drastically. Experts and media commentators speculate that the malware was written specifically to disrupt indus...

Oleg Demidov, Maxim Simonenko

It is not Iran that the story of Flame begins with. The first versions of this malware, or rather of its prototype, were found by the American company Webroot Сommunity in late 2007 in Europe. The following year the virus was spotted in the UAE. At the time of its detection in early May 2012, Flame ...

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«It might make sense to provide for a clear division of functions with regard to IANA operation. Namely, policy making functions should be separated from technical and administrative functions, with oversight of such functions to be set by stakeholders’ consensus and resided to dedicated organizations. In case of success this approach could foster depoliticization of critical internet functions», – Oleg Demidov, Program Director, “International Information Security and Global Internet Governance”, PIR-Center.


“The issues related to information technologies and their impact on social processes both in national politics and in the system of international peace and security never before were analyzed in such detailed and comprehensive way. The range of opinions and estimates is extremely wide ranging from a kind of ‘cyber optimism’ hailing information and communication technologies almost as a panacea to solve key problems accumulated in the economy and the social sphere, to a much more pessimistic view, predicting the imminent death of the internet as we  form we know it today and its fragmentation into national segments and transformation into merely state controlled media outlet", - Chairman of the PIR Center Executive Board Mikhail Yakushev in his editorial in a thematic issue of Security Index journal. 


«Nuclear and information technologies have become tightly interconnected. Civil nuclear infrastructure is becoming unprecedentedly vulnerable to cyber threats. Information technologies make impact on strategic positions of a nation state in the world. They also can be useful for tackling new challenges in the field of nonproliferation. In its turn, the experience of nuclear nonproliferation and arms control regimes would be useful for decision making in the field of international regulation of cyberspace», - PIR Center intern Maxim Simonenko.

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Name: Simonenko Maxim D
Affiliation: Master student at the Higher School of Economics
Biography :

Graduated from the Tomsk State University(TSU), International Relations Department, Faculty of History. Currently is a master student in the National Research University Higher School of Economics (NRU HSE), Faculty of World Economy and World Politics. Participant of the IV (2009) and V (2010) Summer Schools on Nuclear Non-proliferation organized by the TSU and Swedish Radiation Safety Authority. The sphere of scientific interests include world politics, nuclear non-proliferation, conflicts in cyberspace, Internet governance.