US President Joe Biden on Friday called on his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to take action against Russian-led cyber-attacks following an attack on a US computer company by Russian-speaking hackers a week ago.
During a telephone exchange on Friday, July 9, Vladimir Putin asked Joe Biden to take action against “ransomware” attacks carried out by Russia, as punishment for seeing the United States take “necessary steps” to defend itself.
When he met his Russian opponent in Geneva in June, the US president, who had already raised his voice in the matter, was under pressure after a spectacular attack by Russian-speaking hackers against the American computer company Kasia a week ago.
Faced with Republican opposition seeking retaliation, Joe Biden held talks Tuesday with senior officials, including intelligence or justice. He later said he would “send” a message to Vladimir Putin.
So, on Friday, the Democrats spoke directly with its Russian representative. According to a White House statement, the president stressed the need for Russia to take action against ransomware training groups.
He reiterated that in the face of this continuing challenge, the United States will take all necessary steps to protect its citizens and their vital infrastructure.
The discussion went “well, I’m confident,” Joe Biden later said. When asked about the possible “consequences”, he promised that “yes” would not reveal anything.
The United States has recently been the victim of several “ransomware” or “ransomware” attacks, which encrypt its data into a company’s networks and then demand ransom money, often in bitcoins, in exchange for the encryption key.
Apart from Kasaya, which has not been able to restart its servers, hackers have also attacked meat company JPS, the oil pipeline manager’s colonial pipeline, but local communities and American hospitals.
While Moscow denies any liability, most of these extortion attempts have been blamed on hackers operating from Russian territory.
At the summit in Switzerland, the two addressed the issue and agreed to continue the dialogue with meetings between Russian and US cyber security experts.
Joe Biden also threatened his opponent with retaliation if he crossed the red line. “I pointed out to him that we have a remarkable cybernetic capability,” he said.
Vladimir Putin responded that “most cyber attacks in the world come from the US”, accusing Washington of not cooperating with hackers.
On Friday, on the phone, the Russian president was in this line.
Vladimir Putin noted that “despite Russia’s readiness to fight cybercrime, in recent months we have not received any request for mutual assistance from US investigators,” according to the Kremlin.
“Given the magnitude and risk of the problem, relations between Russia and the United States should be permanent, professional and non-political,” the statement said.
In June, the U.S. Justice Department ruled that extradition requests to Russia, which is accused of protecting hackers based on its soil in exchange for their assistance in “government interests,” were “unnecessary.”
After all, the White House seems to want to avoid more direct confrontation. Its spokeswoman Zhen Zhaki stressed on Friday that “there is no new information that the Russian government may have led to the latest attacks.”