2016 election hacking in Florida: Russian emails, hidden tracks

The Mueller Report says the Russians planted malware on at least one Florida county system, and Florida's governor announces that two counties were hacked in 2016. Experts believe the problem could be bigger.

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The New York Times reported in September 2017 that, in fact, current and former intelligence officials said that Russian hackers breached at least two other providers of critical election services that were not VR Systems well ahead of the 2016 voting. “I don’t think it stops at two,” Hursti said.

Security experts CSO spoke with identified one vendor who is not VR Systems and who supplies election services to multiple Florida counties as a provider that had possibly been by targeted by the Russians. This vendor denies any knowledge of being targeted or hacked by the GRU during 2016. “We have simply not been notified of any kind of breach and we have never been a part of this and we have absolutely no reason to believe there has ever been a breach associated with us and I’m not sure why I’m talking to you,” the CEO of the vendor tells CSO.

Messages left at the FBI media relations portal seeking comment on the idea that any other vendor has also been targeted by Russia did not receive a response. Multiple messages left for VR Systems and the North Carolina State Board of Elections seeking comment for this column likewise did not receive responses.

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