Application security, Threat Management, Incident Response, TDR

PacketSled CEO Harrigan resigns over threats to Trump

Matthew Harrigan, CEO of PacketSled, resigned his position today after being suspended for posting threatening messages against President-Elect Trump on social media.

Packetsled's board of directors announced it had accepted Harrigan's resignation as president and CEO and that he will be replaced on an interim basis by company CTO Fred Wilmot.

"We want to be very clear, PacketSled does not condone the comments made by Mr. Harrigan, which do not reflect the views or opinions of the company, its employees, investors or partners," the board wrote.

Harrigan had been placed on administrative leave by the company on Nov. 14 for making comments that he wished to kill Trump. These were initially posted on Facebook, but were then copied into a sub-Reddit thread and by Monday he was suspended.

“I'm going to kill the president. Elect,” he reportedly wrote, followed by a string of malevolent comments supporting his initial written intent.

In a statement on PacketSled's website, the network security company said it not only removed him from his position, but reported Harrigan to law enforcement.

“PacketSled takes recent comments made by our CEO seriously. Once we were made aware of these comments, we immediately reported this information to the Secret Service and will cooperate fully with any inquiries. These comments do not reflect the views or opinions of PacketSled, its employees, investors or partners. Our CEO has been placed on administrative leave,” the company wrote.

Harrigan recanted his anti-Trump comments in a series of Tweets.

Updated with resignation announcement.

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