The big picture: US President Joe Biden is pressing Russian President Vladimir Putin to crack down on ransom groups operating in Russia, even suggesting that if the USA does not stop, it is ready to respond.
The two leaders exchanged views in a one-hour phone conversation, the first time Biden and Putin have discussed ransomware attacks since the Geneva summit in June. "I've made it clear to him that the United States expects that when a ransom operation is launched from its soil, even if it is not funded by the government, we expect that if there is enough information to report," Biden told reporters. "Let them act on what they are."
The two governments have now established a way to communicate on a regular basis, he added, "And so it went well. I'm optimistic."
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President Biden has suggested that US retaliation will be digital, noting that government agencies will target Russian servers if cyber attacks continue unimpeded.
Biden is said to really hope that there will be no need for such measures. "I think we will work together," he told reporters during another meeting scheduled for July 16.
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"They took action on Russian ransomware," Biden told Putin.