Biden tells Putin to take action and ‘disrupt ransomware groups operating in Russia’

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Friday spoke with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, and both discussed a range of issues, including “the ongoing ransomware attacks by criminals based in Russia.”

The White House said President Biden underscored the need for Russia “to take action to disrupt ransomware groups operating in Russia.”

It said President Biden is committed to continued engagement on the broader threat posed by ransomware, adding that the American leader 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.”

“President Biden spoke today with President Putin. The leaders commended the joint work of their respective teams following the U.S.-Russia Summit that led to the unanimous renewal of cross-border humanitarian assistance to Syria today in the UN Security Council,” the White House said. “President Biden also spoke with President Putin about the ongoing ransomware attacks by criminals based in Russia that have impacted the United States and other countries around the world.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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