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Florida Governor says Russia hacked database during U.S. elections in 2016

The representatives of FBI and Homeland Security provided information about hackers attack
13:15, 15 May 2019

Ron DeSantis, a Republican Governor
Voice of America

Ron DeSantis, a Republican Governor, stated that on the eve of presidential elections in 2016 Russia hackers accessed database of the electors in two districts of Florida, as CNN reported.

“I want to assure you that now, the U.S. intelligence services can counter Russia, China and Iran or any other country which is trying to influence the American nation and our electoral process,” he said.

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According to DeSantis, hackers did not manage to influence the results of the elections. The Governor and leaders of the law enforcement department of Florida got a report on hackers attack prepared by FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. According to DeSantis, he had to sign the confidentiality agreement with FBI so he can not reveal the names of the states. Yet, local authorities know what happened before the elections in 2016.

DeSantis added that former governor of Florida, current Senator from the Republican Party Rick Scott did not know about cyber attack.

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Mueller’s report contains information which confirms that in 2016 Russia hackers got access to the network of at least one district in Florida.

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