US invites friends to multilateral cybersecurity meetings – Russia and China strangely absent

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The United States has kicked off meetings attended by representatives of nations that all hope to address the scourge of ransomware – without Russia or China in the room.

An expression of the US National Security Council’s Counter-Ransomware Initiative, the two-day meetings will occupy Wednesday and Thursday.

“The initiative builds on President Biden’s leadership to rally allies and partners to counter the shared threat of ransomware,” said a senior administration official about the two-day virtual meeting of ministers and senior officials from over 30 countries and the EU.

China and Russia aren’t at the event. Both were name-checked in a pre-event press call as a source of recent cybermalice and, as such, not welcome during talks about a solution.

Eager to address the elephant in the room – or rather the bears not allowed in the room – media on the pre-event call repeatedly pressed the un-named Biden rep regarding the absence of China and Russia. It was made clear that the US engages separately

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