According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, senior members of the Biden administration’s national security team plan to meet with senior members of the Kremlin following a supply chain attack in which network management software company Kaseya ransomware up to 1,500 units was delivered.
Psaki said officials have been meeting at the Biden since the June 16 summit in Geneva between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin List of critical infrastructures the USA is taboo for nation-state actors. The meeting came after high profile attacks on network management company SolarWinds, Colonial Pipeline and meat processing company JBS.
“Since the meeting between President Biden and President Putin, we have had expert-level talks that are continuing, and we expect another meeting focusing on ransomware attacks to take place next week,” said Psaki.
Pskai said the secret service did not attribute the attack on Kaseya but claimed a criminal gang called REvil – the same group that professed the JBS hack $ 70 million to unlock businesses caught in the attack. She said the government continues to stress that Russia still has responsibility for solving the problem, as cybersecurity experts believe REvil is operating from Russia.
“I’m just going to repeat the message from these officials,” she said. “As President Putin made clear at their meeting, if the Russian government cannot or does not want to take action against criminal actors based in Russia, we will take action or reserve the right to take action ourselves.”
In a press release on Tuesday, Kaseya claimed that its critical infrastructure would never be compromised by the attack on its customers, who are primarily managed service providers, and praised a quick response in coordination with government agencies to avoid a much larger compromise.
“While this attack impacted around 50 of Kaseya’s customers, it was not a threat or critical infrastructure.” said the company. “Many of Kaseya’s customers are managed service providers who use Kaseya’s technology to manage IT infrastructure for local and small businesses with fewer than 30 employees, such as dental offices, small accounting offices, and local restaurants. Of the approximately 800,000 to 1,000,000 local and small businesses managed by Kaseya’s customers, only about 800 to 1,500 have been compromised. “
When asked about the impact of company valuation on working with Russian officials, Psaki said the US reserves the right to respond on whether it is critical infrastructure or not.
“Whether or not a cyberattack affects critical infrastructure, we take it seriously and reserve the right to respond in any way and mechanism of our choosing,” she said.
Psaki also noted plans that Biden would meet with US officials on Wednesday to review options to combat ransomware in the private sector.
“Tomorrow the President will convene leaders of all the agencies, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, [Department of Homeland Security] and members of the intelligence community to discuss ransomware and our overall strategic efforts to counter it, ”she said. “A few weeks ago he asked the team to review and evaluate what our options are and how we can even better build private sector partnerships, best practices and the leverage we have from the federal government. ”
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