The U.S. calls on Russia to take more measures to combat ransomware organizations before the White House meets with allies

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The official, who asked not to be named, said that the U.S. government “shared information with Russia about criminal ransomware activities on its territory.”

“We have seen some measures taken by the Russian government and hope to see follow-up actions,” said the official, who declined to say what these steps and actions were.

A spokesperson for the Russian Embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment.

After a series of ransomware attacks cost US companies millions of dollars, Biden urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in June to crack down on Russian-speaking hackers. One such incident forced the Colonial Pipeline, which provides about 45% of the East Coast’s fuel, to shut down for several days in May.
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These outages make cybersecurity, especially ransomware, a prominent place on the White House’s list of national security priorities.

Senior government officials from the United States and 30 allies will meet on Wednesday and Thursday to establish closer cooperation in the fight against ransomware, which has taken computers offline in health care centers in multiple countries during the coronavirus pandemic. .

According to the White House, Australia, France, Germany and the United Kingdom are among the countries that will send representatives to the meeting. Discussions will focus on issues such as prosecuting and sabotaging ransomware organizations and dealing with the role of cryptocurrency in funding ransomware attacks.

As the White House attempts to make progress in bilateral talks with Moscow, Russia will be clearly absent from the meeting.

Since the Biden-Putin meeting, US officials have been paying close attention to changes in Russian government behavior and any changes in the pace of cybercrime activities from Russia.

Mandiant is an American cybersecurity company that responded to ransomware incidents. Already reported The activities of some ransomware organizations have been suspended. However, it remains to be seen whether the reduction in ransomware attacks will continue.
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A spokesperson for Recorded Future, another cybersecurity company, told CNN that the company has been tracking a “Russian ransomware organization with more than 100 members” and is “actively recruiting new cybercriminals.”

US Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Director Jane Eastley said last week that since the discussions between Biden and Putin, she has not seen “significant and substantive changes” in Russian behavior.

Cyber ​​security analysts say that one of the most effective ways to combat ransomware is to arrest people who develop and deploy computer locking software. Although Russia’s cooperation has been elusive, the United States has relied heavily on its European allies in its fight against some criminal groups.

The FBI and European law enforcement agencies arrested two people in Ukraine last month who allegedly demanded multimillion-dollar ransoms after organizations in Europe and the United States were hacked.

Timo Koster, a former Dutch diplomat who specializes in cybersecurity, said he expects countries such as the United States and the Netherlands to encourage other governments to take more decisive action against cybercrime groups.

Coster told CNN that “more international cooperation is needed” in coordinating how countries attribute cyber attacks to specific actors and the response of law enforcement and security agencies.



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