The United States has threatened to take action against Russian cybercriminals if Russia does not do so

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the United States will take measures against cyber criminal groups from Russia if the Russian government refuses to do so.

Psaki added that recent ransomware REvil’s attack on the Florida-based IT company Kaseya is still not attributed to anyone, especially not the Russian government.

She also said that high American and Russian officials will meet again next week to deal with the recent attacks that were aimed at American companies.

She said that talks at the expert level are continuing. “We expect to have another ransomware meeting next week,” the White House spokeswoman said during a briefing on the Biden administration’s policy agenda.

“As the president clearly told President Putin when they met, if the Russian government cannot or will not take action against criminals residing in Russia, we will take action or retain the right to take action ourselves. In this case, the intelligence community has not yet attributed the attack. The cybersecurity community agrees that REvil operates outside Russia with subsidiaries around the world. “

G7 leaders also called on Russia last month to take urgent action against ransomware gangs believed to be operating within its borders, following a series of attacks on organizations from critical sectors around the world.

Meanwhile, Kaseya said it has ransomware attack on the supply chain coordinated by the REvil ransomware group “Had limited impact” as it hit less than 60 SME providers (Managed Service) using their VSA software for remote monitoring and management.

REvil claims to have encrypted more than 1,000,000 systems in this major attack and, after initially requesting $ 70 million, is now asking for $ 50 million for a universal decryptor.

The company said that the attackers compromised up to 1,500 companies and that “this attack never posed a threat or had any impact on critical infrastructure”, although CISA considers the IT sector to be a critical infrastructure sector.

“The attack had limited impact, and only about 50 of Kaseya’s more than 35,000 customers were hacked,” the company said.

“Of the approximately 800,000 to 1,000,000 local and small businesses run by Kaseya’s customers, only about 800 to 1,500 are at risk.”

The company’s CEO also added that “fortunately, this very sophisticated attack proved to be greatly overestimated.”

CISA and the FBI, meanwhile, have issued guidelines for victims of the attack, and the White House National Security Council has called on victims to report incidents and follow instructions issued by Kaseya.

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