Officials To Meet On Cybersecurity Amid Latest Massive Hack
July 7, 2021
U.S. officials will
host a meeting with their Russian counterparts next week to
discuss cybersecurity issues after another massive attack by
criminals believed to be based in Russia.
Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden will convene a meeting of
security officials on July 7 to discuss ransomeware attacks,
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said during a press briefing.
Hundreds of U.S. companies have been impacted by a cyberattack
carried out on July 2 on Florida-based technology firm Kaseya
that experts are calling the largest ransomware case in history.
The perpetrators are demanding $70 million to unlock company
During the July 6 press conference, Psaki said companies should
not pay ransomware, as it only encourages cybercriminals to
continue their actions.
The Kaseya case is at least the third major cybersecurity attack
in the past few months on U.S. companies by criminals believed
to be residing in Russia. The other attacks on a gasoline
pipeline operator and meat supplier caused significant
The cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline led to a shortage of
gasoline in the U.S. southeast, resulting in a spike in fuel
Cybersecurity was a major topic during Biden's meeting with
Russian President Vladimir Putin in June in Geneva.
gave Putin a list of industries he said were off-limits to
cyberattacks and said the Kremlin had the responsibility to go
after cybercriminals inside Russia.
Many analysts say the Kremlin blesses or, at best, turns a blind
eye to cyberattacks by Russian criminal groups as long as they
don't attack domestic companies.
Biden said on July 3 that if the Kaseya attack "is either with
the knowledge of and/or a consequence of Russia then I told
Putin we will respond."
Psaki reiterated that message on July 6, saying the United
States reserves "the right to take action, on our own" if the
Russian government cannot or will not hold cybercriminals
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