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Randy Vickers, director of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, has resigned  (Source: teamshatter.com)
Randy Vickers, director of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, resigned from his position suddenly last Friday

The United States government was the target of many cyber attacks this year, including those launched on the Pentagon, the CIA and even U.S. soldiers. These attacks resulted in the loss of 24,000 confidential military files, 90,000 logins of private and public sector employees (including those in the U.S. military) and the take-down of government websites.

Governments and corporations around the world have been targets in 2011's cyber attack spree, raising many questions concerning internet security. While this blaring spotlight has put stress on many people on the receiving end of these attacks, many are shocked by the sudden resignation of a U.S. agency head in charge of responding to cyber attacks.

Randy Vickers, director of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, resigned from his position suddenly last Friday. A reason for his resignation has not yet been released.

A Homeland Security official noted that the department will not comment on "personnel matters." However, Roberta Stempfley, acting assistant secretary for cyber security and communications at Homeland Security, sent an email to select employees letting them know about the resignation, but with no details as to why.

The email stated that Lee Rock, former deputy director, will now serve as acting director until a new head of the agency is chosen. In the email, she added, "We are confident that our organization will continue its strong performance under his leadership."




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