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White House to Enlist 30 Countries to Fight Ransomware (1)

Oct. 1, 2021, 5:06 PM

The White House plans to enlist 30 other countries to join forces in the fight against increasingly frequent ransomware attacks and other kinds of cybercrime, including the illegal use of cryptocurrency.

The first meeting will be this month, hosted by the U.S. and held virtually, the Biden administration said Friday. The so-called “Counter-Ransomware Initiative” is meant to be an informal mechanism to boost cooperation and target the misuse of virtual currency to launder ransom payments, the officials said.

Ransomware has ravaged business around the world this year, including those that operate critical infrastructure like hospitals and pipelines. The attacks -- ...