the white house is Bringing together over 30 countries To discuss ways to combat ransomware attacks and eliminate safe ports for criminals. However, Russia is notably absent from international discussion.
The virtual meeting – taking place on Wednesday and Thursday – will focus on topics including national resilience, cryptocurrency abuse ransom payments, diplomacy and efforts to disrupt and prosecute ransomware criminals. Senior Biden Administration Officials.
Summit follows several high-profile ransomware and cyber attacks episodes in the US. So far this year, ransomware attacks have shut down a gas pipeline and a major meat producer, raising concerns that other critical infrastructure is at risk. US officials have said both the attacks were likely linked to criminal groups in Russia.
Several federal agencies also fell victim to the wide-reach SolarWinds hack uncovered late last year, which was attributed to for a suspected Russian hacking group.
Officials said the US is in direct contact with Russia over the ransomware issue. When President Joe Biden met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in June, one of the main topics of discussion was Cyber attacks on critical infrastructure, whether launched by nation-states or hacking gangs within their borders.
A senior official said the broader group participating in the Ransomware Summit this week highlights “how harmful and transnational” the ransomware threat has become.
Countries participating in the summit include: Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Estonia, European Union, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and UK.