President Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that the US “will respond” if the Motherland was behind Friday’s mass cyberattack that hit at least 200 companies at the start of the Independence Day weekend.
“We’re not sure who it is,” Biden told reporters Saturday as he bought three fruit pies and a bag of cherry sodas at King Orchards, a family-owned cherry farm in Central Lake, Mich. — while pulling a page of notes from his jacket pocket to help him answer the question.
“The initial thinking was it was not the Russian government,” Biden said.
“But if it is Russia, I told Putin we will respond,” he said – referring to the two leaders’ summit meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, last month.
Biden specified that he has not spoken to the Russian president since being briefed on the ransomware attack, which cyber-security firm Huntress Labs has blamed on the Russia-linked REvil ransomware gang.
Biden was in Michigan as part of a tour to mark the end of pandemic restrictions — and to tout his administration’s free-spending economic plans.