The Group of Seven, a group of seven industrialized countries in the world, on Sunday (06/13) demanded Russia to take action against those who launch cyber attacks and use ransomware from the country. Ransomware is an attack that restricts access to the infected system with some kind of lock and imposes a ransom in cryptocurrencies so that access can be re-established.
The reprimand came in a statement issued after a three-day summit between Britain’s G7 leaders, which also called on Moscow to “stop its destabilizing behavior and malign activities” and conduct an investigation into the use of chemical weapons on Russian soil.
The statement says Russia needs to “hold to account those who, within its borders, carry out ransomware attacks, and exploit virtual currencies for money laundering and other cybercrime.”
The issue was brought to light after a hypothetical attack on the Colonial Pipeline, the largest fuel pipeline in the United States, and another attack that disrupted the US and Australian operations of the GPS massacre.
The G7 memorandum calls for broader action against cyberattacks. “We call on states to identify and disrupt criminal ransomware networks operating from within their borders, and to hold these networks accountable for their actions,” the document says.
The request to investigate the use of chemical weapons comes after Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was interviewed in Germany, where German doctors reported poisoning him with a nerve agent for military use. Navalny accuses Putin of ordering the poisoning, but the Kremlin denies the charges.
The G7 leaders also criticized China over human rights in Xinjiang, called for Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and demanded a thorough investigation into the origins of COVID-19.
After discussing how to reach a unified position on China, the leaders issued a final statement on the country’s sensitive issues.
US President Joe Biden views China as the biggest strategic competitor and has vowed to confront China’s economic abuses and respond to human rights abuses.
“We will promote our values, including calling on China to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially with regard to Xinjiang, rights and freedoms and a high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong,” the G7 said.
“We have also called for the second phase of a transparent, expert-led, science-based study of the origins of COVID-19 in China,” the group, which includes the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Japan, said. Canada and the European Union.
Before criticism from the G7 surfaced, China warned G7 leaders that the days of “small” groups of countries that decided the fate of the world were over.
The G7 also said it highlighted “the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and encourages the peaceful solution of problems across the Strait.”
The G7 said it was concerned about forced labor in global supply chains, including the agricultural, solar and apparel sectors.
Beijing has responded to what it sees as attempts by Western powers to contain China, and says many major powers are still controlled by an outdated imperial mentality after years of humiliating China.
Experts and human rights groups estimate that more than a million people, including Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities, have been detained in recent years in a vast system of camps in Xinjiang.
China denies accusations of forced labor or abuse. At first, he denied the existence of the camps. Then he said they were professional centers designed to combat extremism.