US Leads 30-Country Hacking Summit, Russia and China Excluded

WH Plans 30-Country Hacking Summit, Russia and China Excluded

(RepublicanPress.org) – Considering most of the world conducts business and communicates online, it’s essential to ensure safety while operating in that space. Everything from banking information to social security numbers and governmental secrets exists in the digital world, ripe for the picking of nefarious hackers who could steal data and money at the touch of a button. In order to address such attacks and protect against malware and criminals, 30 countries virtually met on October 13 to discuss protective strategies.

Not everyone was invited to attend the meeting, though. The group intentionally left Russia and China out of the discussions.

Why China and Russia Weren’t Invited

The summit did not include China and Russia because governments have traced many previous hacks directly to those countries. In a meeting where the world is gathering to address a hack and ransomware problem, it doesn’t make sense to include the alleged criminal perpetrators in the discussion.

In June, US security researchers blamed China for hacking Verizon and a water supplier in Southern California. That hack alone could have affected everything from communications across the globe to the very water we need to survive. In addition, officials suspected the communist country of hacking Microsoft in early summer and using ransomware to steal money from US businesses.

Although Russian President Vladamir Putin denies any responsibility for hacks, American and German officials tracked cyberattacks straight to his door. Those hacks include a targeted strike on the Colonial Pipeline, SolarWinds, and 58% of the Microsoft hacks in 2020, not to mention suspected continual election interference and the theft of government intelligence in various countries.

The Focus of the Summit

US national security advisor Jake Sullivan relayed the importance of addressing cybersecurity globally because “no one country” can fix the problem alone. The criminals attack one country and can use networks across several countries to accomplish their illegal goals.

Shockingly, extortion levels reached over $400 million in costs around the world, just in 2020. It’s not simply about the cost to the countries affected. Cyber attacks jeopardize the security of a nation and its people. That’s, in part, because entire infrastructures run in cyberspace.

India, Australia, Germany, and the UK joined the United States in discussing plans to stop ransomware attacks and cryptocurrency theft. And if the dozens of countries involved can devise a plan to present a united front against these cyber crimes, perhaps they can keep hackers from using the digital space to wage war on governments, businesses, and people worldwide.

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