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“No indication” Moscow has cracked down on criminal ransomware teams, top U.S. official says

There has been “no indication” the Russian authorities has tried to rein in criminal ransomware teams identified to be working from its soil, a top FBI official mentioned Tuesday, regardless of the repeated insistence in current months by the U.S. authorities that it ought to achieve this. 

“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’ve created there,” mentioned Paul Abbate, deputy director of the FBI. “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,” he mentioned.  


Abbate and several other different senior nationwide safety officers spoke Tuesday at an annual summit convened by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. CBS News moderated a number of the panels on the gathering.

In July, President Biden mentioned he informed President Putin in a telephone dialog that the U.S. anticipated Putin to take motion to disrupt Russia-based ransomware teams.  

“I made it very clear to him that the United States expects that when a ransomware operation is coming from his soil, even though it is not sponsored by the state, we expect him to act if we give him enough information to act on who that is,” Mr. Biden mentioned on the time. 

The telephone name adopted an in-person summit between the 2 presidents throughout which Mr. Biden warned of “consequences” for cyberattacks originating in Russia.  

The Russia-linked REvil gang, finest identified for extorting $11 million from the meat-processor JBS in May, fell quiet for a number of weeks following the presidential summit, however reemerged publicly late final week. It, together with a distinct criminal group generally known as DarkSide — which attacked gasoline transporter Colonial Pipeline in May — has demanded multi-million greenback funds from sufferer firms prior to now year.   

National Cyber Director Chris Inglis mentioned at an occasion hosted by the Reagan Institute final week that assaults had been unlikely to cease, absent intervention by Moscow.  

“What I think will make the difference is whether Vladimir Putin and others who have the ability to enforce the law, international law…will ensure that they don’t come back,” Inglis mentioned. 

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

“[A]s 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 mentioned.


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