CIA doubts Russia’s ability to influence hackers

CIA Director William Burns, in an interview with NPR radio, expressed doubts that the Russian authorities have influence over hackers who constantly attack objects in the United States. According to Burns, Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden talked about this at a meeting in Geneva. Biden asked his Russian colleague to stop the activities of hackers, even if “not connected with the state.”

The struggle of the Russian authorities with hacker groups operating in the country would show the seriousness of Moscow’s intentions to cooperate with Washington in the field of cybersecurity. CIA Director William Burns said this in an interview with NPR radio station.

At the same time, as the head of the CIA stressed, immediately after the meeting in Geneva, the American company Kaseya was attacked by the hacker group REvil, which is associated with the Russian Federation. “This is an important test of seriousness for the Russian leadership,” Burns said. At the same time, he added that it would be best to “be sceptical about the ability of the Russian government to act on these issues.”

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