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Japan to screen power, gas and oil equipment for hacking risk

Government can block procurement by companies in 14 sectors covered by legislation

Men work on a power utility pole in Japan's Chiba Prefecture. The electric grid is one of the 14 sectors to be subjected to a prescreening requirement for critical equipment.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Japanese operators of power, gas, oil and other critical infrastructure will be required to receive government clearance before procuring equipment under planned legislation designed to protect those networks from cyberattacks.

Businesses will have to disclose the equipment's manufacturer and country of origin. The government will have the power to block the equipment's adoption if there is a reasonable risk of hacking.

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