U.S. intends to create a coalition to punish countries harboring hackers

The U.S. is going to form an international coalition to bring to justice those states that do not take adequate measures against criminals who organize transnational hacker attacks. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said this on Wednesday, June 2, at a regular briefing for reporters, commenting on the cyber attack on JBS.

“In terms of actions taken within the federal government, the president has ordered an urgent strategic review to address the increased threat of ransomware viruses on four major fronts,” she said.

As the White House official explained, these include disrupting the infrastructure of attackers who use ransomware viruses, increasing U.S. authorities’ engagement with the private sector to strengthen cybersecurity, creating an international coalition to prosecute countries that harbor cybercrime perpetrators, and “expanding cryptocurrency analysis” to disrupt “criminal transactions.”

In addition, Psaki said, the U.S. administration would review its policies for dealing with these kinds of offenses.

Finally, she said that the attack on JBS is an example that the problem does not exist only in the United States. Hackers, stressed the press secretary of the President of the United States, are seeking to penetrate computer systems around the world.

On June 2, it became known that the U.S. FBI attributed responsibility for the cyberattack on JBS, the nation’s largest meat producer, to two criminal services, REvil and Sodinokibi.

At the same time, U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday rejected speculation that Russian authorities could be involved in the cyberattack on the meat producer, allegedly testing the American leader in this way.

Earlier in the day, Biden said he intended to discuss cybersecurity issues with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their June 16 summit in Geneva in light of the hacking attack on JBS USA.

Also on Wednesday, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the topic of cybersecurity was on the agenda of the leaders’ meeting.

The day before, White House Deputy Press Secretary Karin Jean-Pierre said Washington was in direct contact with Moscow over the cyber attack on JBS USA. According to her, hackers allegedly based in Russia may be involved in the incident.