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No place to hide? The head of security agency FSB has reportedly said Russia will work with the United States to locate cyber criminals
Russia has taken a surprising step in the ongoing cold cyber war between itself and the United States as well as many Western nations.
According to Reuters, the RIA news agency reported that the head of the Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov announced on Wednesday that Russia would work with the US to track down cyber criminals.
This admission comes from the fact that many nations bear the brunt of the cyberattacks and ransomware campaigns carried out by so-called criminal gangs in Russia or parts of Eastern Europe.
The best-known state-backed attack groups, including Fancy Bear, APT29 and the Lazarus group, are identified by the West as being linked to the Russian government and controlled by Russian intelligence agencies.
Bortnikov’s pledges of cooperation with the US were remarkable as he never promised that his country would extradite Russian hackers or cyber criminals.
Russia routinely refuses to extradite wanted criminals to other nations.
But the Russian commitment comes after US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a three-hour face-to-face meeting in Geneva last week.
Biden and Putin reportedly spent much of the meeting discussing cybersecurity issues, with Biden reportedly warning Putin of “retaliation” if Russia attacks a list of 16 “critical” entities in America.
The United States has reserved the right to use military force to defend itself against a cyber attack by a hostile state since 2011.
However, this is highly unlikely against Russia.
However, President Biden has often stated that countries like Russia have a responsibility to contain cybercrime originating in their countries.
Last month, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab publicly warned Russia that it could no longer protect criminal gangs that carry out ransomware attacks on Western nations.