U.S. President Joe Biden has called on Russian leader Vladimir Putin to “act” against hackers behind a mob of global ransomware hackers, in the first telephone conversation between the two world leaders since his first meeting in Geneva last month.
A White House statement on Friday said Biden and Putin had spoken by phone “about ongoing ransomware attacks by Russia-based criminals that have affected the United States and other countries around the world.”
Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, said the phone call had lasted “about an hour.”
“President 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 wider threat posed by ransomware,” he said. White House statement.
The White House said Biden “reiterated that the United States will take all necessary actions to defend its people and its critical infrastructure in the face of this continuing challenge.”
The statement follows bold and disruptive attacks this year, including against the United States Colonial Pipeline, who was forced to close temporarily, and against JBS, the largest meat processor in the world.
Over the weekend, a pirate cartel went to the Global ransomware spree destined for an IT supply chain, hitting around 1,500 businesses and forcing Sweden Coop to close 800 of its stores after cash registers stopped working.
It is believed that all three were made by Russian-speaking ransomware gangs, which operate outside of Russia. Some U.S. cybersecurity experts accuse Moscow of harboring ransomware criminals, avoiding prosecuting them, realizing they don’t hit Russian companies, and transmitting stolen data or a cut in profits if they are asked to do so.
Biden and Putin met face to face in Geneva last month for the first time since Biden became president. Those three-and-a-half-hour discussions were described as “open” and “frank,” as Biden warned his Russian counterpart that there would be “devastating”Consequences for the Kremlin if militant of the opposition Alexei Navalny they will die in prison.
Biden told reporters after the June meeting that he had given Putin a list of “certain critical infrastructures. [that] should be out of bounds ”by cyber attacks, said 16 entities.