Biden to discuss ransomware hacks with Putin

The White House says US President Joe Biden will discuss recent ransomware attacks in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin later this month.

In a news conference on Wednesday, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki cited Biden as saying the Russian government has a role to play in stopping and preventing the attacks.

A major fuel pipeline and a global meatpacker in the US suffered cyberattacks last month. Both attacks are believed to have originated from an organization based in Russia.

Biden was asked by reporters on Wednesday whether he was considering retaliation. He said, "We're looking closely at that issue."

Biden is scheduled to hold his first in-person summit with Putin since taking office in the Swiss city of Geneva on June 16.

Psaki said the US has "delivered the message that responsible states do not harbor ransomware criminals."