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Trump says he’ll beef up ‘hacking defense’

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President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a news conference. (Pool Video via ABC News)

President-elect Donald Trump says he’ll turn to the tech industry leaders he met with last month to help his administration come up with better measures to guard against hackers in Russia and elsewhere.

During today’s first formal news conference since his surprise win since the presidential election, Trump referred to the summit that he had at Trump Tower in Manhattan with such luminaries as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

He said that meeting attracted “some of the greatest computer minds” in the world.

“We’re going to get those minds together, and we’re going to form a defense” against future computer intrusions, Trump said.

Later on, Trump gave a timetable: “Within 90 days, we will be coming up with a major report on hacking defense,” he said. “How do we stop this new phenomenon, this fairly new phenomenon, because the United States is hacked by everybody. That includes Russia, and China, and everybody.”

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By Alan Boyle

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