United States Senator claims hackers entered Florida poll systems

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WASHINGTON D.C., March 14, 2018 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Senator Marco Rubio speaks during a press conference regarding Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018 at the Capitol in Washington D.C. March 13, 2018. (Xinhua/Yang Chenglin/IANS)

A US Senator from Florida has claimed there was an intrusion into Florida’s elections systems by hackers in 2016.

According to a report in The New York Times late Friday, Senator Marco Rubio claimed that “Russian hackers not only accessed a Florida voting system, but were ‘in a position’ to change voter roll data”.

Rubio said he was constrained by his position on the Senate Intelligence Committee, but the redacted version of the Mueller Report released on April 18 stated that the FBI believes “at least one Florida county” was infiltrated with malicious software by Russian intelligence agents.

Rubio’s statement contradicts the Florida Secretary of State’s office which maintained last week that its elections systems weren’t hacked.

The Florida Secretary of State’s office in Tallahassee said it had been unable to learn which county it was.

“The department reached out to the FBI and they declined to share that information with us,” Sarah Revell, a department spokeswoman, was quoted as saying.

“No county has come forward.”