US President Joe Biden and his Russian Federation counterpart Vladimir Putin have traded barbs over cyber-attacks at a summit meeting staged yesterday in Switzerland.
The readout of Biden’s post-summit press conference states that what the two presidents “… spent a great deal of time on was cyber and cybersecurity.”
“I talked about the proposition that certain critical infrastructure should be off limits to attack — period — by cyber or any other means.”
Biden gave Putin a list of “16 specific entities … defined as critical infrastructure under US policy, from the energy sector to our water systems.”
The US President also raised the topic of ransomware, telling Putin “Responsible countries need to take action against criminals who conduct ransomware activities on their territory.”
Russia’s press conference transcript records Putin as saying the USA and Russia “have agreed that we will begin consultations on this.”
“In my opinion, this is extremely important,” Putin said, without offering details.
But Putin’s premise was…