America’s top cyber-warrior quits without warning

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, July 25, 2011 16:25 EDT
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After months of successful, high profile hacking attacks against U.S. government networks, the leader of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has called it quits, leaving his job without warning or explanation, Information Week reported Monday.

US-CERT, run by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Cyber Security Division, is on the front line for protecting the government from hackers. It has been run by Randy Vickers since April 2009, when he stepped up to helm the agency.

Despite their watchful eyes, hackers with groups like LulzSec and Anonymous have in recent months gone on a spree unlike any ever seen, breaching servers at the U.S. Navy, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Department of Defense, the U.S. Senate, NATO and U.S. defense contractors HBGary Federal and Booz Allen Hamilton, to name just a few.

Following Vickers’ departure from US-CERT, deputy director Lee Rock will step up to lead the agency while the DHS searches for an appropriate replacement.

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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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