U.S. President Joe Biden has announced that it will bring together 30 countries to address the threat of ransomware to national and economic security.
In a statement shared with CNN, national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, explained that cyber threats impact the lives and livelihoods of American families and businesses, and that the administration would continue its efforts to deter and disrupt cyber attacks.
“This month, the United States will bring together 30 countries to accelerate our cooperation in combating cybercrime, improving law enforcement collaboration, stemming the illicit use of cryptocurrency, and engaging on these issues diplomatically,” said President Biden.
“We are also partnering closely with nations around the world on these shared threats, including our NATO allies and G7 partners.
“I am committed to strengthening our cybersecurity by hardening our critical infrastructure against cyberattacks, disrupting ransomware networks, working to establish and promote clear rules of the road for all nations in cyberspace, and making clear we will hold accountable those that threaten our security.”
The announcement follows as a response to a series of ransomware attacks on US critical infrastructure firms in recent months, incuding US fuel supplier Colonial Pipeline.