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The Washington Post: Washington, Moscow and others have reached an agreement on electronic piracy


Russia, the United States and 23 other countries recently asserted that countries should not hack each other's infrastructure in peacetime or harbor cybercriminals who launch attacks on other countries, the Washington Post reported.


But Russia, which was among the countries that basically agreed to the standards at the United Nations, has repeatedly violated them over the years. Experts suspect that these violations will stop unless the United States and its allies impose more serious consequences.


 At the conclusion of his trip to Europe, US President Joe Biden will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, and will raise the issue of cyber security with him, including concerns that Moscow is harboring hackers who have launched malicious ransomware attacks against some of the most important sectors in the United States.


Jake Sullivan, the US national security adviser, said ransomware attacks against critical infrastructure are a greater concern for us. He added that they do not judge that the Russian government was behind these recent ransomware attacks, but they assess that active actors in Russia are behind them, and they believe that Russia can and should take steps to deal with them.


The White House has played down expectations from the US-Russia summit due to the tense relationship between Washington and Moscow. Current and former officials said the global standards provide the basis for accountability by explaining the limits of acceptable behavior in cyberspace and by anticipating good behavior.


It certainly appears that countries want each other to do well in cyber, and there are some key states that don't, said Michelle Markov, acting cybercrime coordinator for the US State Department. So something must be done about this.

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