: CNN: U.S. and Russia meet on cybersecurity

09:02 Apr. 18, 2016

CNN: U.S. and Russia meet on cybersecurity

An anonymous hooded male using a tablet computer to represent a cyber criminal (Getty Images)

The meetings come in the wake of a cyber attack that crippled parts of the Ukrainian power grid in December 

Senior cybersecurity officials from the U.S. and Russia are holding meetings this week on cybersecurity, renewing efforts to prevent the countries from mistakenly getting into a cyber war, U.S. officials say.

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The meetings in Geneva include officials from the White House, State Department and FBI and will include a review of cybersecurity agreements signed in 2013 by the two countries, a senior administration official told CNN.

The meetings come in the wake of a cyber attack that crippled parts of the Ukrainian power grid in December, a breach that U.S. investigators concluded to be a first-of-its-kind confirmed cyber attack on civilian infrastructure.

Read also Ukrainian power network was victim of cyber-attack last December: US officials 

Senior U.S. security officials believe Russia was behind the attack, though the Obama administration has stopped short of attributing the attack to Russia.

Attributing attacks is notoriously difficult because sophisticated hackers mask where their attacks are coming from. Full story 

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