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Joe Biden, US President has warned Russia of consequences for the ransomware attacks emanating from the country, underscoring the need for Moscow to take action against groups engaged in the crime.

He spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the ongoing ransomware attacks by criminals based in Russia that have impacted the US and other countries around the world, the White House said.

Biden said, “I made it very clear to him that the United States expects, when a ransomware operation is coming from his soil, even though it’s not sponsored by the state, we expect them to act if we give them enough information to act on who that is.”

During the call, the White House said, Biden underscored the need for Russia to take action to disrupt ransomware groups operating in Russia and emphasised that he is committed to continued engagement on the broader threat posed by ransomware.

During the call, 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 President has also called on governments and agencies to modernise their defences to meet this threat, building on the President’s executive order on cybersecurity.

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