Biden confronts Putin about ransomware groups hinting towards retaliation

10th July, 2021

Biden confronts Putin about ransomware groups hinting towards retaliation

Joe Biden has stepped up his pressure on Vladimir Putin to take action against ransomware organizations operating out of Russia, saying that if cyberattacks continue, the US will retaliate.
On Friday, the two presidents spoke for an hour on the phone for the first time since they discussed ransomware attacks during a summit in Geneva on June 16th. In the call, Biden was clear in his message to Putin, indicating a growing displeasure with strikes that have damaged important US sectors.
He added that the two administrations had set up a system to communicate on a regular basis "when any of us thinks something is happening in another country that concerns our home country."
“And that's how it went. He expressed his optimism by saying, "I'm optimistic."
The US has not stated how it intends to respond to Russia's cyberattacks, but Biden has hinted at digital reprisal if Russian cooperation is not forthcoming.
Cybercriminals allegedly operating out of Russia halted the operations of the Colonial pipeline, causing gasoline shortages, price hikes, and panic purchasing on the US East Coast in May.
A different Russia-linked gang, REvil, hit meatpacker JBS the next month, briefly interrupting its food supply chain. The same gang claimed responsibility for a large-scale ransomware attack centred on Kaseya last week.