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Biden urges Putin to disrupt cybercriminals in Russia while the US grapples with the latest ransomware attacks

US President Joe Biden (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin meet for talks at Villa La Grange.

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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden in a phone call on Friday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to take action to curb recent ransomware attacks by groups based in Russia, the White House said.

"President Biden underlined the need for Russia to take action to disrupt ransomware groups operating in Russia and stressed that he is committed to continuing engagement against the wider ransomware threat," a White House reading said .

"President Biden affirmed that in the face of this continuing challenge, the United States will take all necessary measures to defend its people and critical infrastructure."

The call came just days after a massive new cyber attack by REvil group believed to be based in Russia.

The hacking gang is demanding $ 70 million in cryptocurrency to unlock data from the attack that spread to hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses in a dozen countries.

Biden met with Putin in person in Geneva last month, where he warned the Russian president to crack down on cyberattacks.

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