It’s been confirmed that Russians hacked voting information in multiple counties in the state of Florida…. but the reason for the intrusion isn’t what the media kept claiming it was.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on interference in the election stated that at least one’ county in Florida had been hacked during the 2016 presidential election.
Today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis confirmed that yet another county had been identified in the investigation.
Before you freak out about what this means, let it be known that even though the counties experienced ‘intrusion into the supervisor of elections network’, the breach ‘had no effect’ on the outcome of the voting results. DeSantis did not identify which counties had been affected.
“As many of you know, I recently met with the FBI concerning the election issue mentioned in the Mueller report,” DeSantis said in address to the public on Tuesday.
“Two Florida counties experienced intrusion into the Supervisor of Election networks. There was no manipulation or anything, but there was voter data that [hackers were] able to get. Now, that voter data was public anyways. Nevertheless, those were intrusions. It did not affect any voting or anything like that,” he continued.
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) May 14, 2019
So even though the counties were breached, the Russians didn’t use the information to try and change the outcome of the election. Instead, they created and launched an email scam.
According to the report, the GRU (Russian military intelligence) sent “spearphishing emails to over 120 email accounts used by Florida county officials responsible for administering the 2016 U.S. election.” The emails included an attached Word document that had malware coded into it, which allowed the Russian hackers to infect the computers if the attachment was opened.
Prior reports made it known that Russian military intelligence created and emailed a phishing campaign directed at Florida county election employees months before the election took place. But the Mueller report confirmed that the FBI had been investigating into a particular hack. But the specifics remain elusive.
“I’m not allowed to name the counties,” DeSantis said.