White House to host global anti-ransomware meeting; Russia not invited

President Biden is hosting virtual meetings this week with more than 30 countries to “accelerate cooperation to counter ransomware,” but the White House did not extend the invitation to Russia, senior administration officials said, noting that United States and the Kremlin have a “separate channel” where they “actively” discuss the matter.

Senior administration officials said the president’s meetings on Wednesday and Thursday are intended to build upon U.S. leadership in rallying allies and partners to address ransomware threats around the globe, which officials said have been increasing in “scale, sophistication and frequency” and have victimized governments, individuals and private companies around the globe.

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The officials went on to outline the White House’s four-point strategy to tackle ransomware — disrupting ransomware actors; bolstering more resilience to withstand ransomware attacks; addressing abuse of virtual currency to launder ransomware payments; and leveraging international cooperation to disrupt the ransomware ecosystem.

Countries scheduled to attend the virtual meeting are Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, the Republic of Korea, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, the United

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