General of the United States from January 20, 2001, to February 3, 2005. In
this role, Ashcroft represented the United States in legal matters, advising
the U.S. President and executive department heads. In July 2001, he established
the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property units in the Department of
Justice to take an active role in the fight against cracking and cybercrime.
On November 10, 2004, the White House announced that John
Ashcroft would resign his post as soon as a suitable replacement could be
named. He was succeeded by Alberto Gonzales.
Cracking, Cybercrime and Cybercriminals, U.S. Department of Justice.
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