Russia assured that it would work with the United States to identify hackers and prevent cyberattacks.


The issue was on the agenda of the meeting between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin in Geneva. For its part, the European Union proposed creating a joint body that unifies responses to cyber threats.

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) director, Alexander Bortnikov, announced on Wednesday that he would work with the US authorities to "identify hackers" and possible cyberattacks with ransomware viruses.

Cooperation in this matter would come after the presidents of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, reached an agreement on the matter, as confirmed by Bortnikov during the beginning of the Conference on International Security held in Moscow.

"We are taking our measures as part of the agreements reached between our presidents. So we will work together and expect reciprocity from each other," Bortnikov said, according to the TASS news agency.

Cyberattacks have captured the attention of US authorities in recent months. At the beginning of May, several 'hackers' of the DarkSide group attacked the Colonial Pipeline company, responsible for the most important oil pipeline in North America.

The intelligence services of the United States have indicated that the 'hackers' of DarkSide could be in Russian territory or countries of Eastern Europe. Still, they have not associated them with any government.

A recent ransomware attack on global meat giant JBS came from a criminal organization likely based in Russia.

Europe also seeks a common response.

While the United States and Russia seek to increase cooperation on the issue, the European Commission proposed Wednesday to create a joint unit to unify the European response to cyber threats, given the growing challenge that this phenomenon poses for private and public entities in the EU.

The idea is that within the Twenty-seven, where the number and scale of cyberattacks also increased, all the actors are prepared to give a coordinated response and exchange relevant information to face these threats.

"There was a time when security was seen as linear and simple. This is no longer the case. The challenges continue to grow exponentially, and the great new threat is cybersecurity," said Vice President of Migration, Margaritis Schinas, who presented the initiative together with the Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton.

According to Greek politician, cybersecurity is no longer an industrial issue. It is now an essential part of the national security of the Member States. "It threatens our lifestyle, our values ​​, and principles. That is why we have to address the issue together as Europeans and with our international partners", he explained.

For his part, Breton emphasized that last year, in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, 756 cyber incidents were registered in the Union, a considerable increase compared to the 422 in 2019. "We have many cyber enemies," the French commissioner has warned, to defend that the Twenty-seven must "go hand in hand" in the face of this threat and establish a framework "by way of solidarity and mutual assistance."

The measure puts a special focus on operational issues. The objective is to have a European platform that ensures a coordinated response to large-scale cyberattacks and security crises and offers assistance to overcome these attacks. Brussels considers that currently, the Twenty-seven have many entities to respond to cyber threats in different sectors. Still, there is a need to save these actions with the exchange of information and advance notices.