Florida Sen. Marco Rubio stated Friday that hackers infiltrated a Florida county’s elections system in 2016 and have been “able” to change voter roll knowledge, although they don’t seem to have accomplished so.
The senator’s feedback come within the wake of Particular Counsel Robert Mueller’s report that exposed that the Russian navy intelligence unit often known as the GRU despatched malicious viruses to the Florida county authorities officers who have been overseeing the 2016 election.
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Rubio advised the New York Instances that, though there was a hacking assault in opposition to a county’s elections system, he believes the goal or targets weren’t warned about it and as a substitute a broad primary warning was issued about doable hacking efforts.
“Everyone has been advised what it’s they should do to guard themselves from the intrusion,” Rubio stated. “I don’t imagine the precise victims of the intrusion have been notified. The priority was that in a lot of counties throughout the nation, there are a few folks with the perspective of: ‘We’ve bought this; we don’t want your assist. We don’t suppose we have to do what you’re telling us we have to do.’”
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He added that the Russian hackers have been “able” to change voter roll knowledge, although he notes that they don’t seem to have taken such motion.
“My largest concern is that on Election Day you go vote and have mass confusion as a result of voter registration data has been deleted from the programs,” the senator added.
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It nonetheless stays unclear during which precise county the hackers have been in a position to entry, a frustration voiced by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who criticized federal authorities for lack of transparency, in line with the Hill.
“They received’t inform us which county it was, are you kidding me?” he stated at a Thursday press convention. “Why would you haven’t stated one thing instantly?”