Hacking and other forms of cyber crime is the "biggest menace" facing the United States and the rest of the world, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday.
During an interview with Fox Business Network at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Giuliani gave a dire warning as talk of Russian hackers dominates the headlines.
"Hacking, cyber intrusion, cyber crime is the biggest menace to this country and to the world right now," he said.
"It's the fastest growing form of crime. One of the biggest fears we have is an attack on our grid."
Giuliani, a supporter of President-elect Donald Trump who passed on two offers to join his administration, said the U.S. has to up its game if it wants to combat cyber crimes.
"It's ubiquitous and we have fallen way behind," he said. "Our information systems and our gathering of information and all the wonderful things we can do, we're way ahead. And on defense, we're way behind."
Director of national intelligence James Clapper told lawmakers Thursday Russia launched a multi-pronged attack at the U.S. election in an effort to help influence the result. Trump has brushed off that claim as false, but he will meet with leaders of the U.S. intelligence community Friday about the matter.
The meeting was pushed back to the end of the week, which Trump seemingly called convenient so intelligence leaders could further "build a case" that Russia hacked the election.
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