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Japan to enlist telecom carriers in fight against cyberattacks

Monitoring of communications content would be allowed under certain conditions

Japan aims to boost its cyberdefenses through public-private cooperation.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Japanese government plans to let telecommunications carriers monitor their systems for cyberattacks, aiming to strengthen cybersecurity that has been called minor-league compared with U.S. and Europe.

Until now, carriers have been generally barred from viewing the contents of communications sent over their systems. An exception will be made as early as 2024, paving the way for carriers to report attacks to the government.

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