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Open for two days on the 13th and 14th… Participation in 30 countries including Korea
4 strategies such as blocking illegal cryptocurrency transactions
“North Korea is a difficult country to respond to”… Russia not invited

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[서울=뉴시스] Reporter Yejin Kim = The administration of Joe Biden will hold a multilateral meeting with 30 allies, including South Korea, and the European Union (EU) to jointly respond to cybercrime, including ransomware attacks and illegal use of cryptocurrencies from North Korea, Russia, and China. .

North Korea is known to be behind the hacking organizations that have launched a number of ransomware attacks over the past few years.

The White House announced in an anonymous briefing in the name of an administration official on the 12th (local time) that the “virtual Counter-Ransomware Initiative meetings”, an unofficial group, will be held via video for two days from the 13th to the 14th. The meeting is chaired by the White House National Security Council (NSC).

Earlier, South Korea and the United States held the first meeting of the Ransomware Working Group via video last month.

At this meeting, ▲Deterring the abuse and illegal use of cryptocurrency ▲Strengthening cooperation in law enforcement ▲Fighting ransomware crime ▲Diplomatic involvement will be discussed.

In particular, the North Korean issue will also be on the table.

“As you know, North Korea is a very difficult country to respond to,” an unnamed administration official said.

The official said, “The four-step strategy is to first block the ransomware infrastructure and the activities of criminals. Second, to strengthen the country’s resilience to withstand ransomware attacks. Third, to combat cryptocurrency abuse. “If cryptocurrency is used for ransom transactions, it is difficult to track accounts of hacking groups. Fourth, leveraging international cooperation to destroy the ransomware ecosystem.”

“We have been working with our allies and partners to hold Russia and China accountable for malicious cyber activities,” the official said.


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Reuters, citing a senior official, reported that Russia was not invited to the multilateral meeting. However, officials explained that they would not prevent Russia from participating in the future.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects a computer system so that data cannot be used, then takes it hostage and collects money.

The meeting will be a place to gather wisdom about how deadly ransomware is and what countermeasures can be taken against it, a US administration official said.

The conference included Korea, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Estonia, European Union, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lithuania, Mexico and the Netherlands. , New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom are participating.

Earlier, on the 21st of last month, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Overseas Assets Control updated its ransomware-related advisory on its website, urging caution against cyber attacks such as North Korea.

The Biden administration has focused its efforts on international cooperation to combat ransomware. At the G7 summit in June of this year, ransomware was on the agenda, and the international community agreed to cooperate in response to malicious cyber activities. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit approved a new policy to ensure that allies are resilient to malicious cyber activity, including ransomware attacks.

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