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Russian hackers exceeded two county electoral system systems in Florida in 2016, said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday at a news conference. DeSantis said that no details had been interrupted and the voting money had not been interrupted.
The unconfirmed public submission was unveiled in a special report by Robert Mueller's special report on Russian interference at the 2016 election last month.
"I recently met with the FBI on the election issue mentioned in the Mueller report," DeSantis said. "The two counties of Florida interrupted the electoral networks supervisor. There was no manipulation."
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DeSantis said that he could not disclose which county networks had been compromised, but said that the voter data received by the attackers had already been accessed.
"Nothing put into the vote depended," DeSantis said.
One phrase in the Mueller report prompted the DeSantis meeting with the FBI: "We understand that the FBI believes that this operation enabled it. [Russian military intelligence] have access to at least one Florida government network "during the 2016 election."
Many people in the state were surprised that Russian hackers had access to Florida networks.
"I haven't even heard a whisper" about such a violation, said Paul Lux, president of the Florida State Election Supervisors Association in an interview with NPR last month.
To enter Florida's electoral systems, the Russian hackers used a spear-phishing campaign, where they used email addresses that were designed to look like a vending system vendor to trick the election officials to give them access to its networks.
A leaked document from the National Security Agency in 2017 recognized the company as a VR System based in Florida.
The campaign in indictment filed last summer was detailed at Mueller's office: t
In November 2016 or around it and before the 2016 US presidential election, KOVALEV and his colleagues used an email account designed to look like a Vendor 1 email address to send over 100 sparkling emails to organizations and personnel involved in elections in dozens of Florida counties. There was malice in the spearphishing emails submitted by the conspiracy in Word documents which contained the Vendor 1 logo.
Last year, the former Florida Bureau of Sen Nelson warned that Russia had "penetrated" Florida's voter registration systems, but these were strongly rejected by election officials at that time.
Then Gov. Rick Scott, who broke Nelson in the Seanad race, rejected Nelson's claims and said that they simply exhausted public confidence in our elections at critical times. "