President Joe Biden has told President Vladimir Putin that the US will take “all necessary steps” to stop cyberattacks from Russia, the White House says.
A reporter asked Mr. Biden after the hour-long phone call whether Russia would face any consequences, and he said, “Yes.” But Moscow denied US claims that they had contacted the Russians repeatedly over the past month about the cyberattacks.
Friday’s phone call between Putin and Biden follows their meeting last month in Geneva. It also comes amid a surge in attacks, including one that took out 1,500 companies this month.
“I made it very clear to him that the United States expects that when a ransomware operation gets off its bottom, even if it isn’t sponsored by the state, we expect them to act if we give them enough information to act on whoever it is.
Biden told media after the call. When a reporter asked if the US could attack the hackers’ servers, the Democratic president said, “Yes.
” But after Friday’s call, the Kremlin said the US has no contact “Despite the Russian side’s willingness to jointly address criminal activity in the information sphere, no requests have been received from the relevant US departments in the past month,” the statement said.
Mr Putin An unnamed senior US official denied Russia’s claim, telling AFP news agency that the Biden administration has “multiple, specific seeking action”.
Ransomware attacks — in which criminal syndicates hijack corporate data and demand payment for its return — have exploded in recent years.
According to the US, many of the worst attackers come from Russia and often operate with tacit knowledge, uniform approval, from Russian security services. Mr Biden said Friday the call came as part of a new, “more direct means of communication”.
The new connection, Mr Biden said, will allow both sides to “communicate with each other whenever each of us thinks something is happening in the other country.” It hits the homeland. And so it went well. I’m optimistic.
” The message Biden said on Friday was similar to the one he delivered when the two leaders held their first face-to-face meeting in Switzerland last month.