Russian hackers had access to two electoral databases in Florida during the 2016 elections, said Ron DeSantis, the Republican governor of the state at a Tuesday press conference.
At the same time, the governor stressed that hackers did not manipulate any data and the elections were not compromised.
DeSantis then held a press conference in Tallahassee, the capital of Florida, on Friday that the Federal Ministry of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) briefed the Florida authorities on hacker attacks.
At his press conference, Ron DeSantis stated that he had signed an agreement with FBI officials that they would not disclose the names of the counties concerned. At the same time, these counties were informed about what happened. “For the time being, we’re trying to find out who the former Florida administration knew about hacker attacks,” DeSantis said. He added that the former governor, also Republican Rick Scott, who is currently a member of the federal Senate, was unaware of any attempts to intervene. The former governor’s spokesman, Chris Hartline, confirmed that Rick Scott did not really know about the hacker attacks, and the FBI would inform him about the events on Wednesday.
Marco Rubio, Republican Republican Senator in Florida, talked in an April interview about Russian hackers attacking computer systems in Florida electoral offices.