- US President Joe Biden addresses Vladimir Putin due to cyberattacks.
- Politicians will meet face to face in Geneva on June 16.
- The damages caused by these attacks are being reviewed.
Washington, Jun 2 (EFE News) .- The president, Joe Biden, will ask his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to act to “stop and prevent” the cyberattacks launched by criminal groups based in Russia against the United States, the White House said on Wednesday. Presidential spokeswoman Jen Psaki reported in her daily press conference that cybersecurity will be one of the topics Biden will bring up during the scheduled meeting with Putin in Geneva (Switzerland) on June 16, the first meeting between the two since the American president took office last January.
“President Biden believes that President Putin and the Russian Government have a role to play in stopping and preventing these attacks” Psaki pointed out. In this sense, the spokeswoman stressed that “when you have criminal entities in a country, you certainly have a responsibility.” “It is not something acceptable, and we are going to emphasize it,” added Psaki.
Biden and cyberattacks
Psaki’s words come just a day after a new cyberattack of “ransomware” was known, this time against one of the largest meat processing companies in the US, JBS, which had to temporarily suspend its operations. The White House on Tuesday targeted Russia as the country from which the cyberattack against JBS was launched, whose headquarters are in Brazil and which is responsible for up to 20% of meat products in the United States.
Ransomware attacks lock down computer systems that are not released until companies or institutions pay the hackers a ransom. The attack on JBS came shortly after the Russian-based criminal organization DarkSide carried out a similar cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline, the largest US pipeline network, in May, affecting fuel supplies on the coast. east of the country for several days. EFE News
Biden warns Putin that the US will not allow human rights abuses
Washington, May 30 (EFE News) .- The president, Joe Biden, warned his Russian counterpart this Sunday, Vladimir Putin, with whom he will meet on June 16 in Geneva, that his country will not allow human rights abuses, in a speech on the occasion of Memorial Day in the country. “I had a long two-hour conversation recently with (Chinese) President Xi (Jinping) in which I made it clear to him that we could do nothing but defend the Rights humans around the world, because that’s who we are, ”Biden said in a speech in Delaware.
“I will meet,” continued the US ruler, “with President Putin in a couple of weeks in Geneva to make it clear that we will not sit idly by and let them abuse those rights.” Biden participated this Sunday in an act to pay tribute to the soldiers killed in combat, who will be remembered this Monday on Memorial Day, and pointed out that it is his first celebration of this date as commander-in-chief.
Biden and the message
“The United States is unique,” defended the Democratic ruler, indicating that this country, unlike others, has been formed on the basis of “an idea” and not based on a creed, a religion, geography or an ethnic group. He also stressed that “each generation of Americans receives a precious gift of freedom” and indicated that they work to “share it with more people” and make this country “more open, freer, fairer.”
The summit between Putin and Biden will take place at the end of the US president’s first trip abroad, who plans to travel to the United Kingdom in June to attend the G-7 meeting and then will move to Brussels, where he will participate in a summit of NATO and in a meeting with the European Union. The Kremlin ruled out on Wednesday a restart of relations with the United States after the summit between the two presidents. During his telephone press conference last Wednesday, Dmitri Peskov, Kremlin spokesman, considered it unlikely that in a first meeting both leaders would reach a consensus on issues where the differences are “profound”, so he called not to make “exaggerated expectations” . EFE News
Biden and Putin to meet in Geneva on June 16
Washington, May 25 (EFE News) .- President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, will meet on June 16 in the Swiss city of Geneva, according to the spokesperson of the White House, Jen Psaki, in a statement. As Psaki explains in this note, both leaders will discuss all the “urgent” issues on the table while will seek “Restore predictability and stability” of the relationship between the two countries.
The Geneva meeting will be the first high-level meeting between the leaders of both countries since Putin and former US President Donald Trump (2017-2021) met in Helsinki in July 2018. The White House announcement confirms this long-awaited meeting that both administrations have been preparing in recent days.
Biden proposed this talk
Just yesterday, the US National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, and his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, met precisely in Geneva and agreed, as reported by the two countries in separate communiqués, that they should “normalize” relations between the US and Russia. it will benefit both countries and the international community.
The two parties expressed their confidence in the possibility of finding “mutually acceptable solutions” in various areas. In April, Biden proposed to Putin during a phone call to meet soon in a third country, to which the Kremlin responded positively. Last week, the foreign officials of both nations, Antony Blinken and Sergei Lavrov, met in Reykjavik (Iceland) to share positions and prepare for the summit. EFE News
White House targets Russia after cyberattack against JBS company
Washington, Jun 1 (EFE News) .- The White House on Tuesday pointed to Russia as the ultimate responsible for the cyberattack against one of the largest meat processors in North America, the company JBS, which has caused the suspension of the company’s operations, and said it is in contact with the Russian authorities. The deputy spokeswoman for the White House, Karine Jean-Pierre, told the press on the Air Force One plane that the US Government is in contact with the Russian on this matter and has made it clear that “the responsible States do not give refuge to the ‘ransomware’ criminals ”.
In these statements on US President Joe Biden’s trip to Tulsa, the spokeswoman added that JBS suffered a “ransomware” attack and that the ransom request “came from a criminal organization probably based in Russia.” He also noted that the FBI is investigating the incident and the Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security (CISA) is coordinating with the FBI to offer technical support to the company.
White House is assessing the damage
The attack on JBS comes shortly after the criminal organization DarkSide carried out a similar cyberattack against Colonial Pipeline, the largest network of pipelines from the country. Ransomware attacks lock down computer systems that are not released until companies or institutions pay the hackers a ransom.
In the case of Colonial, which caused gasoline supply problems in the United States, the company paid DarkSide $ 4.4 million in bitcoin to regain control of its computer systems. Jean-Pierre added that the US authorities are evaluating the impact of the attack against JBS, responsible for up to 20% of the meat products processed in the United States and that the Department of Agriculture is verifying that other companies in the sector have not suffered a similar cyberattack. .
Cyberattacks are important to the Biden administration
“The fight against ‘ransomware’ is a priority for the administration (Biden),” concluded Jean-Pierre. Following the cyberattack against Colonial Pipeline, which each day transports up to 2.5 million barrels of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from refineries in the Gulf of Mexico to large areas of the country, Biden also placed part of the responsibility in Moscow although he declared that he had no evidence of the involvement of the Russian authorities in the attack.
“At the moment our intelligence personnel have no evidence that Russia is involved although there is evidence that the person responsible for the ‘ransomware’ is in Russia and (the Russian authorities) have the responsibility to deal with this,” Biden said then. On Sunday, JBS said it had detected a cyber attack affecting its servers in North America and Australia and that the company’s backup servers were not affected by the attack. The attack prompted the company to suspend operations in North America and Australia on Monday. Today, JBS also suspended several work shifts at its North American plants. EFE News
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