The president of the United States, Joe Biden, demanded this Friday his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to “take measures” to stop those who launch cyberattacks with “ransomware” from Russia and reiterated that he could respond to those activities.
Biden also said the United States would take “whatever action is necessary” to defend Americans and key infrastructure threatened by cyberattacks, according to a White House statement.
Biden relayed that message to Putin during a phone call between the two that lasted about an hour, the White House reported.
On Wednesday, Biden met with his national security team to study response to cyberattacks like this weekend’s against US firm Kaseya , which affected more than 1,500 companies around the world.
Kaseya is a software company based in Miami (Florida), which provides services to more than 40,000 organizations around the world, although Biden said Tuesday that the damages to US companies have been ” minimal .”
The REvil group, of Russian origin and whom the experts point to as responsible, has requested a reward of 70 million dollars to allow the affected corporations to resume operations.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that REvil ” operates from Russia with subsidiaries around the world, ” and stressed that the United States has been ” clear ” in its conversations with the Russian government, which it accuses of not responding forcefully to cyberattacks against their companies.
“If the Russian government is unable or unwilling to take action against criminal actors residing in Russia, we will do so, or at least we reserve the right to take action on our own ,” the spokeswoman warned.
However, Psaki later specified that, for now, the United States has no evidence to indicate that “the Russian government directed the attacks” against Kaseya.
Kaseya’s cyberattack came after those suffered in recent months in the United States such as Colonial, the country’s largest pipeline network, and JBS, the world’s largest meat processor , which were victims of similar operations by pirates. computer scientists.
The spokeswoman did not want to give any details about the possible response of the United States, assuring that she did not want to “give clues” of their retaliation.
In their call, Biden and Putin also commented on the decision of the UN Security Council, which agreed on Friday to extend the supply of humanitarian aid from Turkey to northern Syria , on which millions of civilians who live in the last opposition stronghold depend.
The two presidents attributed this advance to the “joint work of their respective teams” after the summit that both leaders held in Geneva on June 16, the White House said.