Administration officials to discuss the fight against cyber ransomware with their Russian counterparts next week.
“It appears to have caused minimal damage to American business, but we are still collecting information,” Biden told reporters after a briefing with advisers.
The attack, carried out on Friday, allowed hackers to block data on the networks of hundreds of small businesses around the world, including American companies. The cybercriminal group REvil, linked to Russia, claimed responsibility for the attack.
The president’s comments followed a statement from Kaseya’s management that the attack posed no threat to critical US infrastructure.
This attack has once again demonstrated that cybercriminals, presumably operating from Russian territory, are rampaging in the United States. Biden, during a summit with Putin, advised the Russian president to curb the homebrew hackers, but his request seemed to go nowhere.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that senior administration officials will meet with their Russian counterparts next week to discuss the threat of cyber ransomware.
“If the Russian government cannot or will not take action against criminals in Russia, we will take action or reserve the right to take action on our own,” Psaki said.