Biden’s adviser explained the words about the exchange of cybercriminals with Russia

Djoe Biden meant that cybercriminals can be held responsible in the United States, the exchange was not discussed, the presidential adviser explained. Earlier, Biden reacted to Putin’s words that Russia and the United States can exchange hackers

Biden's adviser explained the words about the exchange of cybercriminals with Russia

Jake Sullivan

US President Joe Biden’s comments about the exchange of cybercriminals with Russia did not mean that the American leader was ready to do it, said Assistant to the President for National Security Jake Sullivan.

“He (Biden) meant that if Vladimir Putin wants to come and say:’ I am ready to make sure that cybercriminals are brought to justice, ‘ Joe Biden may well say that cybercriminals will be held accountable in America. Because they are already [responsible], ” he said (quoted by USA Today).

“It’s not about an exchange or anything like that,” Sullivan added.

Earlier on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia would be ready to extradite cybercriminals to the United States if the two countries conclude an agreement and Washington agrees to the same.

“If we agree on the extradition of criminals, then Russia will go for it, we will do it. Only if the other party, in this case the United States, agrees to the same and will extradite the relevant criminals to the Russian Federation, ” the president said (quoted by RIA Novosti).

Commenting on the words of his Russian counterpart, Biden said that this is a “potentially good sign of progress”.

In early June, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that Russia, like any other state, should stop the activities of cybercriminals if they work from its territory.

He explained that a “new front of cyber threats” is being created, when hackers are engaged in extortion from their victim companies. “I think that any country has an obligation to do everything possible to find these organizations and bring them to justice, including in the event of an attack on the Colonial Pipeline. The organization that is responsible for this attack, its leaders, were in Russia, are in Russia, so I think that Russia has an obligation to make sure that this stops.- said the Secretary of State.


The hacker attack on the pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline occurred on May 6. Because of this, the company was forced to stop the operation of the pipeline. Later it became known that hackers blackmailed the management with the disclosure of internal information of the company and Colonial Pipeline paid them a ransom.

In June, an attack was made on the largest manufacturer of meat products, JBS, because of which it closed factories in the United States for a while. The company also paid the hackers the ransom they demanded.


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