Russia Excluded From Cybercrime Summit

Teodora Dobrilova
Teodora Dobrilova

Updated · Feb 21, 2022

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Next Wednesday, the Biden administration is holding a 30-country virtual meeting, but Russia is not among the participants.

Why Is Russia Not on the List

The summit will last for two days and will include six sessions. 

The US, the UK, Australia, Germany, and India will lead the discussions. Other participants include Canada, Japan, Brazil, Israel, South Africa, the European Union, etc. 

The meeting will cover topics such as virtual currency, the threat of ransomware and other cyber attacks, prosecuting cybercriminals, and more.

Russia, however, is notably absent. The reason, according to experts, is that many hacker gangs operate from the country.

A senior official explained: "We are having active discussions with the Russians, but in this particular forum they were not invited to participate."

This, however, does not mean the country will be excluded from future meetings. 

 “We do look to the Russian government to address ransomware criminal activity coming from actors within Russia,” a representative said.

Discussed Measures

Statistics show that the number of ransomware attack cases is growing by 350% every year. Things got even worse during the pandemic.

As the problem is global, the summit will cover ways to counteract it. The White House, however, is already acting. Its plan includes sanctioning a cryptocurrency exchange, that hackers used to launder bitcoin to cash.

The six sessions will also include topics as prosecuting cybercriminals, fighting ransomware with diplomacy, and making nations resilient to such attacks.

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Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora devoted her whole life to words – reading, writing and trying to be original on social media. She got certified in digital marketing but still feels she’s not cool enough to be an influencer. (We all disagree – she influences the team pretty well.) She finished a master’s degree focused in Literature, Publishing, Mass Media. Her hobbies include traveling, and reading. Teddy hopes that yoga will be the thing to finally teach her some patience and show her the path toward world domination. Maybe modern tech can also help her with that.

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