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Trump Signs Order to Restrict Foreign Use of Cloud Companies

  • Order comes on President Trump’s last full day in office
  • Action is seen as effort to prevent large scale cyber-attack
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On his last full day in office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order the White House said was aimed at preventing foreign malicious cyber-actors from using U.S. online infrastructure to carry out their activities.

The order, which provides the Commerce Department with the authority to impose record-keeping obligations on foreign transactions, is viewed as a response to the recent hacking campaign that infected software from SolarWinds Corp. and targeted organizations including government agencies.