By John Kessler
Joe Biden appears to be planning a meeting between the US government and some of the big tech companies on August 25. At the moment, executives from six major companies have been invited: Tim Cook from Apple, Satya Nadella from Microsoft, Andy Jassy from Amazon, as well as executives from Google, IBM, and JPMorgan Chase (an American multinational investment bank).
The reason for the meeting is still unknown, although it may have to do with recent cyber attacks and how to reduce the risk of such threats in the future. This is a logical assumption after President Biden signed a decree in May to cooperate with private companies in the fight against threats to national cybersecurity.
Over the past few months, there have been several large-scale attacks that have jeopardized the individual safety of many citizens. These include the penetration of dozens of US government officials’ iPhones by Russian hackers using a zero-day vulnerability, and the successful cyberattack by “Russian intelligence officers” on SolarWinds, the giant US information technology company.
There have also been attacks on Microsoft Exchange Server, Colonial Pipeline, Kaseya (an American software company), and many others.