Joe Biden urges Russian President Vladimir Putin to crack down on ransomware attacks - UPI.com

Joe Biden urges Russian President Vladimir Putin to crack down on ransomware attacks – UPI.com

July 9 (UPI)– U.S. President Joe Biden advised Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday to punish ransomware groups in the middle of an increase of attacks on the United States in recent months.
The telephone call between the two leaders comes as U.S. business and government entities ward off ransomware attacks by Russian-based hackers.
” President Biden underscored the need for Russia to act to disrupt ransomware groups running in Russia and emphasized that he is committed to continued engagement on the broader hazard positioned by ransomware,” the White House said in a declaration.
” President Biden restated that the United States will take any required action to defend its individuals and its vital facilities in the face of this continuing difficulty.”
Biden announced over the weekend that he directed intelligence firms to investigate a ransomware attack that struck hundreds of U.S. organizations. Huntress Labs, a security company, presumed the attack– which affected software platform Kaseya and numerous small companies July 2– was made by the Russia-linked REvil ransomware gang. The same group was blamed for assaulting meatpacker JBS last month by the FBI.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told press reporters Friday that ransomware attacks on U.S. entities have increased over the previous year and a half.
” Let me say that the president is a follower in face-to-face diplomacy when possible and leader-to-leader diplomacy when thats not possible. And this is the very first time, despite the fact that ransomware attacks have actually been increasing over the previous 18 months, if not longer, that there has been this level of engagement,” she stated.
” And definitely the president understood, even when they met in Geneva, that there would be a need for continuous conversations and engagements.”
Biden and Putin met in Geneva on the sidelines of a G7 meeting, at which time the Russian president rejected his nations involvement in cyberattacks versus the United States.
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