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The US has announced that it will bring together 30 countries, including NATO members and the G7, in an alliance to fight against cyber attacks and disrupt ransomware attacks.

In a statement issued on Friday to mark Cyber Security Awareness Month, US President Joe Biden said America would use all its resources to "to disrupt malicious cyber activity, including managing both the risks and opportunities of emerging technologies like quantum computing and artificial intelligence".

In June, Biden said he had spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the problem of ransomware in view of the fact that many gangs who use this form of malware to extort ransoms reside within Russia.

They appear to have carte blanche to attack companies or individuals provided they avoid causing any issues within Russia's borders.

Pressure on ransomware gangs increased after a hit on the Colonial pipeline in the US in May by the DarkSide ransomware gang and Biden raised the issue with Putin, according to a statement from the White House at the time.

A month later, in July, the actors behind REvil hit about 60 managed service providers using a zero-day flaw in the Kaseya VSA remote management software. Kaseya is a solutions developer for MSPs.

There has been a rise in ransomware attacks over the last year.

Biden said in Friday's statement: "We must lock our digital doors — by encrypting our data and using multifactor authentication, for example — and we must build technology securely by design, enabling consumers to understand the risks in the technologies they buy.

"Because people — from those who build technology to those to deploy technology — are at the heart of our success."

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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