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Top U.S. cyber security official resigns amid high-profile hacking attacks

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Tuesday, July 26, 2011

This week, the U.S. official charged with overseeing the federal government's cyber security measures stepped down after a spate of embarrassing hacking attacks infiltrated certain government agencies, according to a published report.

The director of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT), Randy Vickers, left his position at the end of the week. His resignation was reported by Reuters, which cited an email from the Department of Homeland Security.

The email did not specify why he left his post, but it is thought to have occurred because of the recent high-profile cyber security breaches of the CIA's website and a host of other incidents.

The London Guardian reports that Vickers served as the director of CERT since 2009 and will be replaced by deputy director Lee Rock while the Obama Administration seeks out his replacement.

The U.S. government has aggressively moved to counter cyber security hacking attempts, with the Pentagon announcing last month that such attacks on certain organizations would be considered acts of war in the future.

Last week, the hacker group Anonymous announced that it had infiltrated the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO's) website. It subsequently threatened to release sensitive data it collected. 

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