US unites 30 countries to disrupt global ransomware attacks
Today, US President Joe Biden said the United States will unite 30 countries to jointly crack down on ransomware gangs behind a barrage of attacks affecting organizations around the world.
“This month, the United States will bring together 30 countries to accelerate our cooperation in the fight against cybercrime, improving collaboration between law enforcement agencies, containing the illicit use of crypto currency and diplomatic engagement on these issues, ”President Biden said today.
“We are also working closely with countries around the world on these shared threats, including our NATO allies and our G7 partners.
“I pledge to strengthen our cybersecurity by strengthening our critical infrastructure against cyber attacks, disrupting ransomware networks, working to establish and promote clear rules of the road for all cyberspace nations, and by making it clear that we hold accountable those who threaten our security. “
Ongoing battle against ransomware threat
This announcement comes in response to recent attacks, including ransomware attacks against Colonial Pipeline, JBS Foods, and Kaseya in the United States, which have exposed significant vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure around the world.
President Biden also issued a U.S. security memorandum to strengthen the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure in the country by setting baseline performance targets for owners and operators of critical infrastructure.
Deputy National Security Advisor Anne Neuberger urged U.S. companies to take ransomware seriously in the same month, following the Colonial Pipeline and JBS ransomware attacks.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki added that the United States would take action against ransomware groups operating inside Russia’s borders if “the Russian government cannot or will not “.
Since then, Moscow and Washington have managed to resume cooperation in several areas, with the direct result of several attacks on the Evil Corp., TrickBot and REvil gangs, according to Kommersant.
Coalition Against Cybercrime
In July, Interpol also urged industry partners and law enforcement agencies around the world to work together to disrupt the ransomware pandemic after G7 leaders called on Russia to disrupt Russian-based ransomware gangs.
“Cyber threats can affect all Americans, all businesses, regardless of size, and all communities. That’s why my administration is mobilizing a national effort to deal with cyber threats,” said President Biden. added today.
“We are building a coalition of nations to defend and invest in trusted 5G technology and to better secure our supply chains.”
“And, we bring the full force of our capabilities to disrupt malicious cyber activity, including managing both the risks and opportunities of emerging technologies such as quantum computing and artificial intelligence.”