Biden Considering a Response Against Russia Over Cyberattacks

U.S. President Joe Biden said Wednesday he was considering a possible response after the White House linked Russia to a cyber attack that had temporarily paralyzed the work of international meat processing giant JBS.

Asked if he would take action against Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom Biden would meet in Geneva later this month, he said that his team is “looking closely into the matter.”

Similar suspicions about the involvement of Russia in recent cyberattacks came up when hackers demanding ransoms last month forced the temporary closure of the Colonial Pipeline in the east of the country.

The FBI linked the attack on JBS on Wednesday to hackers called REvil/Sodinokibi. According to experts, these are two names of the same group associated with Russia.

The FBI said it was “working hard to bring these actors to justice.” “We continue to focus our efforts on taking risks and consequences for the cyber actors responsible and holding them accountable,” the agency said in a statement.

The White House said Biden would raise his concerns at the June 16 summit, as well as in earlier meetings with allies from the G7, the EU, and NATO.

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