Amid all the global eyes eagerly watching the outcome of the first meeting between the newly elected US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the two leaders have agreed that their two nations will start consultations on cybersecurity.
Russian President Putin after a meeting with US President Biden in Geneva said: “We believe that cybersecurity is important for the world in general, for the US in particular, and for Russia as well.” The Russian president said that the two countries “just need to abandon various insinuations, sit down at the expert level and start working in the interests of the U.S. and Russia.”
Putin charged that “most of the cyberattacks in the world are carried out from the cyber realm of the United States,” with Canada and Britain coming second and third.
Meanwhile, the most damaging cyberattacks on record have been attributed by the United States and the European Union to Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, including the NotPetya virus that did more than $10 billion in economic damage in 2017, hitting companies including shipping giant Maersk, the pharmaceutical company Merck and food company Mondolez.
While the US, Canada, and Britain all engage in cyber espionage, the most damaging cyberattacks on record have come either from state-backed Russian hackers or Russian-speaking ransomware criminals who operate with impunity in Russia and allied nations.