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.
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.
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.