Hacker Claims to Have Gone Deeper Into Florida's Election System Amid Safety Claims
Earlier in the week, a hacker going by the name Abhaxas claimed to have gained access to part of Florida's election system -- allegedly releasing handfuls of voter data to prove a point.
"Who believes voting isn't being tampered with?" Abhaxas had posted on Twitter.
Officials from Southwest Florida counties assured inquiring minds that there was no way the hacking could influence future elections in one way or another and that Abhaxas had gained access to only slightly sensitive information.
Abhaxas begs to differ, with new information released yesterday.
What Abhaxas allegedly released appears to be the file directory for the state's voting database, which may show further access to the state's election system -- although it's impossible to tell, since all that was posted was the text of the directory, which shows files such as "elections.csv," "users.csv," among others.
"Yet after some research, I've found out 1 company manages all but 6 county's voting sites -- hosted on the same server....," Abhaxas posts. "Also, the place that I hacked last time is vulnerable again.. so much for safe and secure as they said."
Officials from both Collier and Lee counties told NBC-2.com that it's impossible for Abhaxas' alleged breach to influence elections.
However, they also let the news outlet know the criminal implications of altering ballots and said law enforcement is getting involved in the matter.
At the same time, Abhaxas has not made any declaration of intention to alter ballots but said, "I got the idea from it taking roughly 10 minutes to have read/write access to their systems. If i did it, who else has."
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