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Japan names China, Russia and North Korea as cyberspace threats

'Tough countermeasures' planned as Tokyo drafts 3-year defensive strategy

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato, left, attends a meeting on cybersecurity strategy at the prime minister's office in Tokyo on Sept. 27.   © Kyodo

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese government adopted on Monday a draft cybersecurity strategy for the next three years, naming China, Russia and North Korea as cyberattack threats for the first time.

The strategy, expected to be endorsed by the Cabinet soon, said the situation in cyberspace contains the "risk of rapidly developing into a critical situation" and that the three states are suspected of being involved in hostile cyber activities.

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