Cyber détente and the Biden-Putin Summit: What this means for cyber relations between the USA and Russia

The relations between the USA and Russia have been fraught with tension for the better part of the last century, carrying into recent years through a new area of contention - cyberspace. Spanning from the famous Moonlight Maze hack of American government agencies in 1996, to the latest SolarWinds and Colonial Pipeline attacks, the two countries’ cyber relations have been steadily worsening. 

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Geneva on 16 June, for what is touted to be a milestone in the relations between the two countries.

 

US president Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin sitting in a library next to each other with their country flags behind them and a world globe between them
US president Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Villa La Grange in Geneva, 16 July 2021. Image source: AP.