The Mueller Report on Russian interference in the 2016 Goat Rodeo said that “at least one” Florida county had been breached. Yesterday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis revealed that a second county in the state was hacked:
“DeSantis, who was briefed by the FBI on Friday, said two counties “experienced intrusion into the supervisor of elections network,” but added that there was no manipulation of the data, and that the intrusion “had no effect” on Florida vote totals.”
And I am the Czar of all the Russias.
“DeSantis told reporters Tuesday that he had been briefed on that breach — which he said actually happened in two counties in Florida — but that he couldn’t share which counties had been the target.
“I’m not allowed to name the counties. I signed a (non)disclosure agreement,” DeSantis said, emphasizing that he “would be willing to name it” but “they asked me to sign it so I’m going to respect their wishes.”
To quote the Master,“Is it irresponsible to speculate? It would be irresponsible not to.” (Bacardi Lifetime Achievement Winner, Peggy Noonan, Wall St. Journal, April 2000.)
I refuse to believe that the Russians hacked into the election systems anywhere, but especially in Florida during the election, just for kicks. Those madcap, bonvivant Russians, just out for a lark! So could they have swung the election from Clinton to Trump, in the swingiest of swing states and no one would be the wiser? I dunno, but if they could hack it once, they could hack it again.
What’s done is done, but what is important is what are the all the state legislatures doing to protect themselves against it happening again? And the answer appears to be, nothing.