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The United States talks about global cybersecurity without a key player – Russia.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Amid a pandemic of ransomware attacks, the United States is set to meet this week with 30 countries to discuss cybersecurity strategies, with one key player leaving Russia.

The country, which unknowingly or unknowingly hosts several criminal syndicates behind ransomware attacks, has not been invited to a two-day meeting starting Wednesday to develop a new strategy to deal with the threat.

A senior administration official said the virtual debates would focus in part on efforts to influence and prosecute ransomware networks that attacked a major US pipeline company in May. The attack on the colonial pipeline, which caused gas shortages on the East Coast, was attributed to a Russian-based cybercriminal group.

The exclusion of a country closely linked to global ransomware reflects the overall strained relations between Moscow and Washington.

Despite the fact that the United States has used a “dedicated channel” to deal with Russia over cybersecurity, the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he would review meetings with about 30 countries and the European Union this week. Take

The official said that since President Biden had raised the issue directly with President Vladimir Putin this summer at a summit and later by phone call, cybercriminals working inside Russia’s borders There has been an “open debate” about

“We have many, and they continue, and we share information about specific criminal actors in Russia, and Russia has taken initial steps,” the official said.

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Russia does not extradite its citizens, and FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbott told a security forum last month that he “did not see any indication that the Russian government was operating ransomware in a permitted environment.” Action has been taken against the actors. ”

The issue was on the agenda in Moscow this week as Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov for talks.

The Biden administration took over during a large-scale cyber espionage operation called Solar Winds Attack, which US officials have linked to a Russian intelligence operative. Ransomware attacks, usually carried out by criminal hacker groups rather than state-sponsored groups, have cost businesses and institutions tens of billions of dollars and have become a major source of tension between the two countries.

According to the US government, ransomware payments reached more than 400 400 million globally in 2020 and 81 81 million in the first quarter of 2021.

The Biden administration’s actions include banning Russian-based virtual currency brokerages, which officials say helped at least eight ransomware groups launder virtual currency and issue security directives. Found that pipeline companies need to improve their cyber defense.

Most of this week’s ransomware meeting is expected to be private, as participants will attend sessions led by India, Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany, focusing on topics such as building resilience to counter ransomware attacks.

Other participants include Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and Kenya.

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