The indictments were announced Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as part of the ongoing special counsel probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. (July 13)
Lee County Election Supervisor Tommy Doyle said the systems overseen by his office were not victims of Russian hacking with election computer systems and software.
Doyle said he is secure in his conviction that the county election computers are capable of thwarting attempts to interfere with voter registration or election data.
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Lee Elections Supervisor Tommy Doyle. 2016 net worth: $1.5 million. (Photo: NEWS-PRESS STAFF FILE PHOTO)
“As far as I know it did not happen here,” Doyle said of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ statements that the FBI told him it confirmed two attacks on Florida election systems, but won’t allow the counties affected to be identified.
FBI suspicions that software attacks were launched on at least one Florida county were first revealed in the redacted report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller released last month.
Doyle said he is concerned that confidence in state election systems is being undermined more than actual damage to election systems. He said that reports of “hacking” election systems in undisclosed counties only “makes things worse.”
“This word hacking is driving people nuts, the secretive stuff is driving everybody in the state crazy,” Doyle said. “Every supervisor in the state is livid, it seems if somebody was hacked, they would know right away so the corrective actions would be implemented immediately.”
Lee County was previously the object of an attempted attack using a technique known as phishing, in which harmful computer payloads are carried in email that appears routine.
“We were one of the counties that received the phishing email, but our firewall actually sanitized it so the attacks never came in,” Doyle said. “It was never opened by anybody here in Lee County.”
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