president Joe Biden Tell the President of Russia Vladimir Putin The White House stated that the United States will “protect its people and their critical infrastructure” from cyberattacks in Friday’s phone call.
According to the Associated Press, before Biden issued the warning, as many as 1,500 US companies were affected by the ransomware attack last weekend, which was related to the Russian REvil hacker organization.
Less than a month after the two leaders met in Geneva, Biden warned against continuing cyber attacks on US companies and infrastructure from Russia.
The White House stated that “President Biden emphasized the need for Russia to take action to disrupt ransomware organizations operating in Russia, and emphasized his commitment to continue to participate in the response to the broader threat posed by ransomware.”
For more reports from the Associated Press, please see below.
The White House added: “President Biden reiterated that in the face of this continuing challenge, the United States will take any action necessary to protect its people and their critical infrastructure.”
The latest dialogue between the two world leaders follows a series of ransomware attacks on important infrastructure and large companies that have escalated the threat into a pressing national security issue for the Biden administration.
An attack in May on a pipeline that supplies about half of the fuel on the east coast caused the company to temporarily suspend operations. Colonial Pipeline paid a ransom of approximately US$4.4 million, and US authorities recovered a significant portion of it during an enforcement operation last month.
The hackers also extorted US$11 million in ransom from JBS SA, the world’s largest meat processor.