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US Accuses Russia of Stonewalling on Cybercrime

Voice of America News reports: “U.S. warnings to Russian President Vladimir Putin over shielding cybercriminals holed up in Russia appear to have made little impact, according to top U.S. law enforcement and cyber officials. 

‘There is no indication that the Russian government has taken action to crack down on ransomware actors that are operating in the permissive environment that they’ve created there,’ Paul Abbate, deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said Tuesday at an intelligence summit just outside Washington.  

‘We’ve asked for help and cooperation with those who we know are in Russia, who we have indictments against, and we’ve seen no action,’ Abbate said. ‘So, I would say that nothing’s changed in that regard.’ 

U.S. President Joe Biden has twice called on the Russian leader to take action against cybercriminals operating out of Russia — first at a summit in June in Geneva and again in a phone call a month later…”

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