Immediately after presented with an extensive public records request for election machine reports required to be provided to the public by the Florida Constitution, the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections said they've been hacked.
Florida election integrity activists presented the Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Department on May 1 with a list of election machine reports which they believe will prove massive machine election fraud in the county.
Today, Hillsborough officials say they've been hacked, but election systems were not compromised.
Today, I want to share information about criminal cyberactivity that took place and is
currently under investigation. It’s my intent to provide the public with as much information
as possible without compromising the integrity of the investigation. As someone who spent
35 years in law enforcement, I take all criminal activity seriously, and I consider an intrusion
into an elections office an extremely serious offense, said Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer in a press release.
We learned that an unauthorized user illegally accessed files on a shared drive on our
network and we immediately notified federal, state and local law enforcement partners,
including the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement, the FBI, MS-ISAC, the Florida Department of State, and the cybersecurity
division of Hillsborough County’s Information and Innovation Office. We are working closely
with those partners to ensure that this incident is thoroughly investigated.
It’s very important to note that the unauthorized user did not have access to our voter
registration system or our ballot tabulation system. Our voter registration system has
multiple layers of protection, monitoring and redundancy. Our tabulation system does too,
and uses a stand-alone, air gapped server that is not connected to anything else. That
server has not been compromised in any way.