It is not the first time that the president of the United States, Joe Biden, has shown concern about cybercrime. He did so in June at the G-7 meeting and at the NATO summit in Brussels. And in July he transferred it to Vladimir Putin in a phone call in which he urged his Russian counterpart to act against such crimes. Today, the National Security Council of the United States, chaired by Biden, has convened from the White House to 30 countries and the European Union to a virtual meeting to discuss for two days the best way to combat attacks by ransomware (a kind of software malicious software that hijacks a computer system and encrypts data until a ransom is paid, usually in cryptocurrency). The bad news is that among those 30 countries Russia is not invited.
Sources from the National Security Council excused the presence of the country from whose territory most of the attacks that have affected companies and official organizations come, claiming that there are bilateral forums in which these problems are being dealt with “in a frank and direct manner” with Russia, with whom there is no extradition treaty. The US authorities have in the past been skeptical of Moscow’s willingness to tackle this problem.
Today’s and tomorrow’s virtual meeting has set four objectives: improve the detection of these cybercrimes, increase the resilience of networks and public and private companies to attacks, put an end to the impunity that protects cryptocurrencies, usually used in these blackmails, and increase international cooperation in the matter.
Spain is also not among the participating countries, although there will be representatives of the European Union. Other EU countries, such as France, Germany, Ireland, Italy or Poland, also participate individually.
The global economic losses caused by attacks by ransomware They have risen in 2020, according to calculations by the National Security Council of the United States, to 400 million dollars. And 81 million have been registered in the first quarter of this year alone.
The ransomware It has caused serious problems in recent months that have captured headlines that spoke of gas shortages or an interruption in the distribution of meat. Although the victims are not always so striking: according to a study by the cybersecurity company Coveware, in the first quarter of 2021, the main ones affected by these cyber-blackmails in the United States have been professional services companies, such as law firms (25 %), the public sector (12%) and hospitals (12%).
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