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*** Florida Governor Ron DeSantis disclosed that election systems in two counties were breached by Russian hackers during the 2016 election. DeSantis said he could not reveal the counties because of a non-disclosure agreement he signed with the FBI.

In a May 14 press conference, DeSantis said he learned of "intrusion into the supervisor of election networks," but that voter information wasn't altered. The systems accessed were not connected to vote counting, DeSantis said.

Reports of at least one Florida election system breach were included in the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller which was released in April. At the time, DeSantis promised to obtain answers from federal law enforcement, and he said he wanted to disclose the affected systems, but that it wasn't his call.

"I think they think if we name the counties, that may reveal information to the perpetrator that we know what they did, but you'd have to ask them. I think it should be named," he said.

*** A bipartisan group of senators are pushing a bill to have the Department of Homeland Security participate in setting cybersecurity guidelines for voting systems. Under the Voting System Cybersecurity Act of 2019, DHS would be included on the Election Assistance Commission's committee that creates voluntary standards used by voting system manufacturers. Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced the bill.

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 1:21 AM


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