US President Joe Biden (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet for talks at Villa La Grange.
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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden in a phone call on Friday pressured Russian President Vladimir Putin to take action to stop recent ransomware attacks from Russian-based groups, the White House said.
“President Biden underscored the need to take action to disrupt ransomware groups operating in Russia and emphasized that he remains committed to continued engagement on the wider threat posed by ransomware,” a White House statement said. he said.
“President Biden reiterated that the United States will take any necessary action to protect its people and its critical infrastructure in the face of this continuing challenge.”
The call came just days after a massive new cyberattack by the group Reville, which is believed to be based in Russia.
The hacker gang is seeking $70 million in cryptocurrency to unlock data from the attack, which has spread to hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses in a dozen countries.
Biden met with Putin in person in Geneva last month, where he warned the Russian president to crack down on cyberattacks in Russia.
There, Biden said he presented Putin with a list of critical infrastructure in the United States that, if it were to be attacked by Russian-based cybercriminals, would pose a serious national security threat to the US.
The implication was that the Biden administration would retaliate against Russia, not just cybercriminals, if these critical systems, such as water, electricity and air travel, were to be attacked.
The White House has so far declined to provide details on how the United States has retaliated against cybercriminals in several recent attacks, citing the need to classify such information. Giving.
During the call on Friday, Putin and Biden commended each other for the joint work done by their teams after meeting in Geneva, the White House said.
That work led to a crucial vote at the UN Security Council on Friday to resume the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria.
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