14 Oct. 2021 18:53
The United States invited representatives from 30 countries to a virtual meeting dedicated to tackling the growing threat of ransomware and other cybercrime. Representatives of Russia were not invited. Reuters reported this, citing unnamed US officials.
Representatives from 30 countries were invited to a US-led virtual meeting focusing on the growing threat of ransomware and other cybercrime, but not representatives from Russia. That comes from a message from the news agency Reuters emerged. It also said that many ransomware gangs operated from Ukraine and Russia. Reuters quotes unnamed US officials and analysts who said that Russian ransomware gangs acted with the tacit approval of the Kremlin without being directly controlled by the government. The focus of the meeting is therefore precisely on the criminal acts which Russia is often accused of – mostly without evidence and wrongly on several occasions.
The six sessions of the two-day meeting will deal with issues such as the misuse of virtual currencies to launder ransom money, prosecuting ransomware attacks, using diplomatic means to fight ransomware and helping participating states defend against such attacks, so the government representative.
In addition to the United States, India, Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom will lead the discussions. Other participants include Canada, France, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Ukraine, Ireland, Israel, South Africa and the European Union. A senior government official said: “We are having active discussions with the Russians, but they have not been invited to this particular forum.” He added that this does not preclude Russia from participating in future events.
The official said the United States is negotiating directly with Russia on the issue of ransomware as part of a group of experts. This will be led jointly by American and Russian experts.
The Agency Reuters further reports that talks with Russia are ongoing. The US had passed on information about certain criminal actors in Russia. The first steps to solve the problem have already been taken there. After a series of attacks on US energy and food supplies, US President Joe Biden has raised cybersecurity to the highest level of administration.
In May of this year, fuel disruptions occurred in the eastern United States when hackers attacked a pipeline operated by Colonial Pipeline. Hacking incidents occur again and again in many other countries. In Germany, the municipal utilities in Wismar have recently been affected. The Biden administration hopes their new informal group, the Anti-Ransomware Initiative, will support their diplomatic push. This includes direct talks with Russia, the NATO alliance and the group of the seven wealthiest industrialized nations.
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