President Joe Biden said the United States is taking every action to defend its people and its infrastructure from ransomware attacks.
President Joe Biden has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to take action against pirates in his country accused of recent ransomware attacks that hit thousands of companies around the world, warning that the United States will defend networks considered vital to economy.
“I made it very clear that the United States expects when a ransomware operation comes out of its ground, even if it is not sponsored by the state, we expect it to act,” Biden told reporters at the House. White Friday, after about an hour-long call with the red head.
Putin told Biden that his discussions on cybersecurity should be “professional and depoliticized” and that he welcomed “in-depth and constructive” cooperation on the issue, according to a Kremlin statement. He noted that the United States has not asked Russia for any assistance on the attacks in the last month.
The White House said in a statement that Biden “stressed the need for Russia to act to disrupt ransomware groups operating in Russia and stressed that it is committed to an ongoing commitment on the broader threat posed by and ransomware “.
Biden submitted that the United States “will take all necessary actions to defend its people and critical infrastructure in the face of this continuing challenge,” according to the statement.
The U.S. president is under pressure to respond to a series of ransomware attacks believed to have originated in Russia, including a daring rape last week that affected more than 1,000 businesses with victims in at least 17 countries and a cyberattack against the Republican National Committee.
It is believed that a ransomware gang linked to Russia, called REvil, is behind the attack that affected the IT management software made by Kaseya Ltd. and Russian government pirates are thought to be responsible for the RNC attack, according to people familiar with the matter. The Biden administration has not officially attributed any attack on Russia.
The assaults continued even after Biden set red lines for cyberattacks during a summit with Putin last month in Geneva. Biden said he gave Putin a list during the meeting of 16 critical sectors that, if attacked, could provoke American revenge.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that REvil “operates in Russia and other countries around the world.”
But he said “we have no additional or new information suggesting that the Russian government has directed these attacks.” U.S. and Russian cybercriminals will hold talks next week, he said in a briefing.