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Rudy Giuliani to lead Trump's cybersecurity team

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani at Trump Tower. Image copyright AP
Image caption Mr Giuliani says he wants to bring together government and corporate and technology leaders

President-elect Donald Trump has picked former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to form a team of private sector cybersecurity experts.

Mr Giuliani, once a leading contender for secretary of state, said Mr Trump would meet the team on a regular basis.

He was selected because of his private sector cybersecurity expertise, a Trump transition team statement said.

Mr Trump has said he plans to create a cybersecurity team within his first 90 days in office.

Mr Giuliani's appointment follows Russian hackers' apparent attempt to meddle in November's US election.

Mr Trump accepted for the first time at a press conference on Wednesday that the Russians were behind the cyber-breach.

Thursday's announcement from the president-elect called cyber-intrusion "the fastest growing crime in the United States and much of the world" and said it was a "major threat" to national security.

But it stopped short of giving a formal title to Mr Giuliani, 72, who runs an international security consulting firm.

A vocal Trump supporter during the campaign, he last month said he was taking himself out of the running for a cabinet job after his business dealings came under media scrutiny.

Mr Giuliani had said the role of America's top diplomat "was the only one I had any real interest in".

But Mr Trump picked former Exxon Mobil chief executive Rex Tillerson for that position.