Blinken warned of U.S. plans to take action against Russian hackers

The United States will take action against hackers in Russia, if Moscow does not do so. It was stated by U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Tuesday, July 13.

He said countries “harboring cyber criminals” are responsible for taking action, SNN reported.

“If they [Russia] don’t, we will,” the secretary of state said.

Blinken said the U.S. is ramping up its diplomatic tools to counter transnational cybercrime.

“We’re working to bring allies together to collectively respond to the malicious activities of others in the cybersphere. This occurred after the SolarWinds hack,” said the head of U.S. diplomacy.

According to the secretary of state, the U.S. version of the alleged involvement of Russia in the attack was supported by 22 countries.

On July 9, U.S. President Joe Biden said that he believed in cooperation between Washington and Moscow in the field of cybersecurity. He stressed that it was reasonable for Washington to attack servers used by criminals using ransomware.

On the same day, he held telephone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The leaders continued their dialogue on combating cybercrime and information security.

On July 7, Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, expressed the hope that the U.S.-Russian summit in Geneva could be the beginning of stabilization of relations between the two countries. He also stressed that Russia had nothing to do with cyber attacks on U.S. and other Western companies.