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A REAL President: Biden tells Putin Russia must crack down on cybercriminals
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 09, 2021 01:21PM
This obligates Biden to do something harmful to Putin if it isn't stopped. I believe he will act as promised.


Biden tells Putin Russia must crack down on cybercriminals
[apnews.com]

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a Friday phone call that he must “take action” against cybercriminals acting in his country and that the U.S. reserves the right to “defend its people and its critical infrastructure,” the White House said.

The conversation came less than a month after the two leaders met in Geneva, when Biden warned against continuing cyberattacks emanating from Russia. A new ransomware attack linked to the REvil hacking group based in Russia caused widespread disruption last weekend, affecting as many as 1,500 businesses.

The White House said “President Biden underscored the need for Russia to take action to disrupt ransomware groups operating in Russia and emphasized that he is committed to continued engagement on the broader threat posed by ransomware.

“President Biden reiterated that the United States will take any necessary action to defend its people and its critical infrastructure in the face of this continuing challenge,” the White House added.

Friday’s call underscored the extent to which the ransomware threat from criminal hacker gangs has mushroomed into an urgent national security challenge for the White House, and it suggested a possible concession by the administration that earlier warnings to Putin had failed to curb a criminal activity that has taken aim at businesses across the globe.

The White House statement announcing the hourlong call with Putin highlighted a U.S.-Russian agreement that will allow humanitarian aid to flow into Syria. The dual prongs of the agenda show how even as Biden pledges to get tough on Russia over hacking, there’s an inherent desire to avoid aggravating tensions as the administration looks for Russia to cooperate, or at least not interfere, with U.S. actions in other areas, including Syria, the Afghanistan withdrawal and climate change.

The White House declined to discuss the tone of Biden’s call, though press secretary Jen Psaki said it did focus significantly on the latest breach, which cybersecurity researchers have said infected victims in at least 17 countries, largely through firms that remotely manage IT infrastructure for multiple customers.

Though Biden had previously said the attack had caused “minimal damage,” and it did not appear to target vital infrastructure, the sheer global scale and the fact that it occurred so soon after the Geneva meeting put immediate pressure on the administration to have some sort of response.

Officials did not immediately announce any specific actions they were taking or would consider taking. There are few easy options to resolve the threat without risking a conflict that could spiral out of control beyond the cybersecurity realm.



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Re: A REAL President: Biden tells Putin Russia must crack down on cybercriminals
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 09, 2021 01:56PM
good comment:

The precise list of strong actions taken by the previous Administration in the wake of the Solar Winds attack = ?

Let me help you out.

Tweeting: The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality." and "Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!)."
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Re: A REAL President: Biden tells Putin Russia must crack down on cybercriminals
Posted by: Ted King
Date: July 09, 2021 03:10PM
I don't think Putin wants to get into a situation where one escalation leads to another and another till it spirals out of control. So what is he trying to do with this? I suspect he will screw with computer network systems as much as he can get away with without causing an out of control escalation. He probably has something in mind that he wants as a big concession when it finally gets to that point. Might be economic - like getting back into the G7. Or it might be geopolitical with the West accepting his expansion into bordering territories.

If something like that is what Putin has in mind, then Biden is going to have to find something to do that will have real impact on Putin and his cronies but still sort of a "proportional" response (series of responses).



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Re: A REAL President: Biden tells Putin Russia must crack down on cybercriminals
Posted by: deckeda
Date: July 09, 2021 07:54PM
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Steve G.
good comment:

The precise list of strong actions taken by the previous Administration in the wake of the Solar Winds attack = ?

Let me help you out.

Tweeting: The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality." and "Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!)."

That tracks with one complainer’s comment I read today that ransomeware has been happening for years but only today it’s being reported. Wonder why that’s his perception?
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Re: A REAL President: Biden tells Putin Russia must crack down on cybercriminals
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 09, 2021 09:15PM
The use of ransomware has been going on for years. The current model is very sophisticated. AND refused to infect computers localized in the Russian language. That’s right… it won’t attack home.
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Re: A REAL President: Biden tells Putin Russia must crack down on cybercriminals
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 09, 2021 10:42PM
I’m sure we have experts who can reciprocate by locking out Russian businesses from their computers. They are running Windows’ networks, too, so how hard could it be.



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