The FBI found no evidence of Russia’s fight against extortionists

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) deputy director Paul Abbate said there were no evidence of Russia’s fight against extortionists.

The Russian government has hardly taken any steps to suppress the activities of cybercriminals involved in ransomware attacks against American organizations.

Based on what we’ve seen, I would say there is no indication that the Russian government has taken action to crack down on ransomware actors that are operating in the permissive environment that they have created there. We’ve asked for help and cooperation with those who we know are in Russia who we have indictments against, and we’ve seen no action, so I would say that nothing’s changed in that regard.Abbate said during a panel at the Intelligence and National Security Summit.
Paul Abbate
Paul Abbate

According to The Hill, Abbeit’s comments came months after US President Joe Biden met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Geneva to discuss issues, including a series of ransomware attacks on critical US organizations by US-based organizations. in Russia cybercriminal groups.

The Russia-speaking REvil gang, best known for extorting $ 11 million from the JBS meat processing plant in May, fell silent for weeks after the presidential summit but resumed attacks late last week together with another criminal group known as DarkSide, which attacked the fuel carrier Colonial Pipeline in May.

Biden stressed that Putin needs to take action against cybercriminal groups operating in Russia.

Responsible countries must take action against criminals who commit extortion on their territory. Therefore, we agreed to instruct experts from both of our countries to work on a certain understanding of what is prohibited and to monitor specific cases that are happening in other countries and in any of our countries.Biden said.

General Paul Nakasone, Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, said Tuesday that “options,” which could include offensive operations, would be prepared for Mr. Biden to review.

As the president determines a way forward, we will provide a number of different options that are available, and that’s across all of our agencies, and certainly U.S. Cyber Command.Nakasone said.

Let me remind you that we also reported that US authorities accused six Russians of NotPetya, KillDisk and OlympicDestroyer attacks.

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Daniel Zimmermann has been writing on security and malware subjects for many years and has been working in the security industry for over 10 years. Daniel was educated at the Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany and currently lives in New York.

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