US Republican Senator Marco Rubio intends to introduce a bill soon aimed at combating cybercrime. He said this on Tuesday in a letter addressed to US President Joe Biden.
“Shortly, I will introduce a bill so that your [Biden] administration will have better tools to combat the scourge of ransomware viruses. It will target governments of other countries that knowingly provide safe havens to cybercriminals,” the document, seen by Reuters, said. Rubio did not provide details on the content of the bill.
According to the agency, the senator in the letter called on the head of state to make it clear to the Russian Federation that the United States will respond harshly to cyber-attacks. Cybercrimes, including those attributed to Russia, will be one of the topics of discussion during Biden’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on June 16.
The topic of threats in cyberspace has become particularly relevant in the United States in recent months. In early May, attackers from the DarkSide group hacked into the systems of the American pipeline company Colonial Pipeline. According to US intelligence agencies, DarkSide may be based on the territory of the Russian Federation or Eastern Europe but is not associated with any government. On May 31, the computer networks of the American division of the Brazilian meat processing company JBS were attacked. She believes that a criminal organization allegedly located in Russia is behind the attack.