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US government is worried about buying IT equipment from China, enacts new law for security

US lawmakers pass provision to restrict the purchase of IT equipment from China
By: Charles Gantt | Current Affairs News | Posted: Mar 28, 2013 3:55 pm

This week the US government passed into effect laws that would restrict government agencies from purchasing IT equipment from Chinese manufacturers without first being fully assessed for cyber security.




The provision, a part of a larger spending bill, was signed by President Obama and forces NASA, The Department of Commerce and the Department of Justice to seek and receive formal approval from federal law enforcement agencies, before purchasing any technology systems from China.


The law is designed to further prevent future cyber-attacks on the US by Chinese hackers or at least make it harder to do so. Reuters however feels that the law will do nothing more than further strain the already stretched relationship between Washington and Beijing.


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