September 16, 2021

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Joe Biden calls on Vladimir Putin to take action against Russian cyber attacks

Joe Biden at the White House in Washington DC on July 9, 2021.

On Friday, July 9, during a telephone exchange, Vladimir Putin asked Joe Biden. “Ransomware” Carried out from Russia under the penalty of seeing the United States “Required Actions” To protect.

When he met his Russian opponent in Geneva in June, the US president, who had already raised his voice in the matter, came under first pressure from a spectacular attack by Russian-speaking hackers a week ago against the American computer company Kasaya.

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Faced with Republican opposition seeking retaliation, Joe Biden held talks Tuesday with senior officials, including intelligence or justice. He then announced that he was “Transmit” A message to Vladimir Putin.

So, on Friday, the Democrats spoke directly with its Russian representative. “President stresses the importance of Russia taking decisions against groups that use ransomware” From its soil, according to the White House. He “In the face of this continuing challenge, the United States reiterates that it will take all necessary steps to protect its citizens and their vital infrastructure.”, According to this report. Discussion “Well done, I’m confident”Then Joe Biden said. Asked about efficiency “Effects”, He promised “Yes”, Without revealing anything.

“Cyber ​​Skills”

The United States has recently been hit by a number of “ransomware” attacks, in which a company encrypts its data on its networks and then demands ransom money, often in bitcoins, in exchange for the encryption key.

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In addition to Casey not being able to restart its servers, hackers have attacked the multinational food industry JPS, the oil pipeline manager colonial pipeline, but also local communities and American hospitals.

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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 had reported. “Most cyber attacks in the world come from the US”, Vladimir Putin responded, accusing Washington of not cooperating against hackers.

“Unpolitical”

On Friday, over the phone, the Russian president was on the line: Vladimir Putin noted that despite Russia’s desire to fight cybercriminals, we have not received any requests in recent months. [d’entraide de la part des enquêteurs américains] », According to the Kremlin. “Given the scale and danger of the problem, relations between Russia and the United States must be permanent, professional and non-political.”, According to this press release.

The United States Department of Justice estimated in June “Useless” It is alleged that the ambassador provided the information to Hussein. “In the interests of the government”.

After all, the White House seems to want to avoid more direct confrontation. His spokesman Jen Saki pointed out Friday « [ne pas avoir] New information suggests that the Russian government may have led Recent attacks.

World with AFP