Proposed U.S. law aims to counter cybertheft with import bans

A bill proposed in the U.S. Senate aims to block imports of products containing U.S. technology stolen online, a move that appears primarily directed at China.

Introduced by four senators, the Deter Cyber Theft Act would require the U.S. president to block the import of products containing stolen U.S. technology identified by the Director of National Intelligence, including products made by state-owned enterprises of nations on a priority watch list of the DNI that are similar to items identified as stolen or targeted U.S. technology.

The bipartisan bill is backed by Senators Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat from West Virginia and Tom Coburn, a Oklahoma Republican.

Recent reports indicate that China is by far the largest source of theft attempts against U.S. companies, according to a statement on Levin’s website.

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