President Biden on Friday called on Russian President Vladimir V. Putin to “take action to disrupt” online criminal organizations in his country and said the United States has the right to respond to hackers who carry out attacks. with ransomware from within Russia, according to White Content of the phone call between the two leaders.
The call comes after a ransomware attack over the weekend of July 4, in which a Russia-based group called REvil, short for “ransomware evil”, attacked a company in Florida provides software to thousands of smaller companies. Russian hackers are also alleged to have compromised a Republican National Committee contractor last week.
“Biden stressed the need for Russia to take action to disrupt ransomware groups operating in Russia and stressed that he is committed to continuing to engage with the broader threat posed by ransomware,” the statement said. The White House said. “President Biden reiterated that the United States will take whatever action is necessary to protect its people and critical infrastructure from this ongoing challenge.”
US intelligence agencies say they do not believe the Russian government was directly involved in the REvil attack. However, Mr. Biden and top officials have repeatedly said they believe Russia should do more to disrupt the criminal network that carries out such attacks.
Mr. Biden said he told Mr. Putin that during a face-to-face meeting in Geneva a few weeks ago. And after meeting with his top cyber officials earlier this week, Mr Biden told reporters he “will be sending back” that message to Mr. Putin, but he did not specify when that would happen. out.
Reading Friday’s call ended suspenseful.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, gave some details about the call beyond what the White House laid out in the statement. She declined to say Putin’s reaction to the call.
But she considers the call to be proof that Mr Biden intends to stay in regular contact with the Russian leader, face to face and otherwise.
“First, let me say that the president is a believer in face-to-face diplomacy when possible and leadership diplomacy with the head of state, when that is not possible, and this is an example of that.” she said.