US President Joe Biden demanded that Russian President Vladimir Putin take measures to suppress the activities of hacker groups operating in Russia. how informs press service of the White House, he said this during a telephone conversation.
The White House message also says that the heads of the two countries discussed joint work to ensure the supply of humanitarian aid to Syria.
The conversation lasted about an hour.
This is the first conversation between Putin and Biden since the Russian-American summit in Geneva on June 16. Prior to the previous summit, the presidents of the two countries spoke by telephone on April 13.
On June 1, it became known that the world’s largest meat producer, the Brazilian company JBS SA, suffered from hacker attacks on its branches in Australia and North America. The cyberattack resulted in the suspension of the company’s five major meat processing plants in the United States. Washington suspected “Russian hackers” in the cyberattack on JBS.
Cyberattacks were also discussed at the meeting between Putin and Biden in Geneva. It was reported that Biden conveyed to the President of Russia, a list of 16 key sectors that should not be subject to cyber attacks and warned that the United States has significant cyber capabilities that can be used in response to attacks by cybercriminals.
Recently, the US has seen a wave of ransomware cyberattacks. The hackers used malicious programs that encrypt data in computers and demanded a ransom for decrypting and for not making the data they received publicly available.
The largest cyberattack was the hacking of the American Colonial Pipeline pipeline system. The company had to shut down a pipeline that supplies 45% of its fuel supply to the US east coast. The fuel pipeline operator paid the hackers about $ 5 million for the key, which was supposed to eliminate the consequences of the attack. It was reported that hackers from groups with “Russian roots” Nobelium or DarkSide could be behind the attacks.
Following the attack on the Colonial Pipeline, the U.S. Department of Justice stated, which equates ransomware hacker attacks with terrorism.