The White House is having a big meeting about fighting ransomware. It didn't invite Russia

The White House has held a meeting with ministers and officials from 30 nations and the European Union to discuss how to combat ransomware and other cyber threats. 

The two-day series of meetings seeks to find an answer to ransomware and follows calls from US president Joe Biden for the Kremlin to hold Russia-based ransomware gangs accountable for their file encrypting attacks, rather than turning a blind eye to them so long as they don’t attack Russian organizations.   

Notably absent from the White House-led group was Russia itself, which was not invited. In June Biden told Russian President Vladimir Putin that 16 US critical infrastructure entities should be off-limits from ransomware attackers operating from Russia. 

The aim of the talks is to figure out an international approach to disrupting and ultimately stopping ransomware attacks. 

In the two days of virtual talks, India will lead discussions on Thursday about resilience, while Australia is focusing on how to disrupt cyberattacks. The UK’s contribution focused on virtual currency, while Germany discussed diplomacy. Other countries involved include Canada, France, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Ukraine, Ireland, Israel, South Africa.

Although Russian officials didn’t participate, a White House spokesperson said the US is in ongoing discussions with Russia via the US-Kremlin

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