|The virtual meeting, to be held Wednesday and Thursday, comes after a series of recent ransomware attacks on U.S. businesses and government offices from perpetrators believed to be based in other countries, including China, Russia and North Korea. Flags of North Korea and the United States. (Photo by=eurasiareview)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] WASHINGTON: A U.S. official revealed that officials from about 30 countries, including South Korea, will discuss ways to counter ransomware attacks from countries, like Russia and North Korea, in the U.S.-led virtual meeting this week.
The virtual meeting, to be held Wednesday and Thursday, comes after a series of recent ransomware attacks on U.S. businesses and government offices from perpetrators believed to be based in other countries, including China, Russia, and North Korea. "While the United States is facilitating this meeting, we don't view this solely as a U.S. initiative," a senior U.S. administration official told reporters in a telephone briefing Tuesday. "Many governments have been indispensable in organizing the meeting, and four countries in particular have volunteered to lead and organize specific thematic discussions: India for resilience, Australia for disruption, the U.K. for virtual currency, and Germany for diplomacy," the official added.
The official said the two-day "counter ransomware initiative" meeting will discuss a wide range of issues, ranging from efforts to improve each country's national resilience in cybersecurity to disrupting and prosecuting ransomware criminals. It will also discuss North Korea's malicious cyber activities, the official noted. The official also explained North Korea was part of the reason for the emphasis on the four areas of discussion in the upcoming meeting.