Biden and Putin discuss Syria and cyberattacks in phone call

Jul 9, 2021
US President Joe Biden has raised the issue of ransomware attacks “by criminals based in Russia” in his phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling on Russia “to take action,” the White House said.
Biden “underscored the need for Russia to take action” to deal with the cybercriminals acting on its territory while pointing to what the White House described as “the ongoing ransomware attacks … that have impacted the United States and other countries around the world.”
The president also once again vowed to “defend” Americans and the US infrastructure “in the face of this continuing challenge,” while also saying that the US is “committed” to working with Russia on the “broader” ransomware threat.
Putin responded by saying that the US has not recently requested any assistance from Russia in any specific cases related to ransomware attacks, the Kremlin said. Moscow is ready for cooperation in the cybersecurity field, the Russian president added.
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Biden urges Putin to ‘take action to disrupt’ Russia-based hackers behind ransomware attacks.

President Biden on Friday urged President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to “take action to disrupt” online criminal organizations in his country and said that the United States reserves the right to respond against hackers who launch ransomware attacks from inside Russia, according to a White House readout of a telephone call between the two leaders.
“I made it very clear to him that the United States expects when a ransomware operation is coming from his soil, even though it’s not sponsored by the state, we expect him to act, and we give him enough information to act on who that is,” Mr. Biden said to reporters after signing an executive order at the White House.
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