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Was Trump's So-Called Cybersecurity Adviser, Rudy Giuliani, Hacked?

Days after cybersecurity experts pointed out Giuliani's site's vulnerabilities, it mysteriously disappeared.

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On January 12, President-elect Donald Trump announced that Rudy Giuliani would serve as a cybersecurity adviser to the incoming administation. The former NYC Mayor and major Trump booster is also the chief executive of Giuliani Partners, his own private-sector consulting group. 

Cybersecurity "is a rapidly evolving field both as to intrusions and solutions and it is critically important to get timely information from all sources," the Trump transition team said in a statement.

"Mr. Giuliani was asked to initiate this process because of his long and very successful government career in law enforcement and his now sixteen years of work providing security solutions in the private sector," the team also noted.

Giuliani touted his experience with Israeli and German cyber defense in an interview at Trump Tower following the announcement.

"It's going to be my job to bring these people to the president, and then obviously to the people in his administration so they can share with him, number one, their problems and number two, their solutions," the former mayor concluded.

He also railed against fake news in the same interview. 

"We've seen a lot of incidences of fake news recently; I have never seen something as bad as this," Guiliani added.

It's not clear if Guiliani considers this a cybersecurity issue. It's also not clear what his company actually does. 

"His venture claims to offer 'a comprehensive range of security and crisis management services.' His consulting firm has hired controversial staffers, and has worked for questionable clientele, reports have said. Yet, even his cybersecurity venture's website, filled with clunky Flash components and "cyber" stock imagery throughout, doesn't advertise what it does," Zack Whittaker, a Security editor for CBS News' ZDNet reported

What's even more mysterious is the disappearance of Guiliani's website on Monday January 16, days after experts proved it was, ironically, easily hackable


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Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.