PBC Elections Office May Have Been Attacked By Ransomware in 2016

first_imgA ransomware attack may have hit the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office during the 2016 presidential election, it was revealed Wednesday.The alleged incident was not reported to state or federal officials at the time.According to elections office employees, the attack created panic and prompted immediate action to isolate or minimize any damage in the office’s server room.In additions, some employees lost several days of work.Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link, who was appointed to the position in January of last year, discussed the situation on Wednesday.She says she only learned about it when the information technology director she inherited from her predecessor, Susan Bucher, left last year and she ended up questioning an office information technology specialist who has since become the IT director.Bucher denies Link’s claims of a ransomware attack, saying, “I can swear on a stack of Bibles that our county was never ransomwared. It is irresponsible for the supervisor [Link] to scare our voters. We are behind Palm Beach County’s firewall. And she [Link] should know better.”Link adds that the public should not be concerned about security for the March 17 primary election. She explains, “This happened in 2016. It’s unfortunate that it’s come to light now right before the election because I don’t want voters to be confused, and I don’t want anybody to feel like our current election system is unsafe. Because it’s not.”Link emphasizes that voters’ personal information was not exposed.A six-person team from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently conducted an extensive review of the elections office, Link explains. She believes, “if there had been something earth-shattering or glaring, I’m sure they would have alerted us to that before they left.”Link says the incident happened in September 2016, between the August primary and the November general election. She does not believe that the office paid any ransom.Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Bucher, who is a registered Democrat, in January 2019. He said at the time that she failed to properly conduct three statewide recounts for the 2018 midterms. Bucher later resigned rather than fighting the suspension in the Republican-controlled Florida Senate.Link says she immediately contacted the Florida Division of Elections, which was unaware of the incident, and reported it to the FBI. The FBI referred her to the Department of Homeland Security.She does not believe the ransomware attack is related to the 2016 infiltration of two Florida counties by Russian intelligence agents, which was mentioned in Robert Mueller’s report on Russian  meddling with that election.last_img read more


first_imgGLENSWILLY GAA NOTES The 3rd team suffered their first defeat of the season away to Pettigo last Saturday evening. They currently sit top of the league but will be taking a break from league action for a while now with the Junior B championship due to be played on Saturday 5th July away to Robert Emmets. The Seniors and Reserves return to league action this week with an away game to near neighbours St. Eunans on Sunday 29th June. Throw in 1.30 and 3pm.The Ladies team travelled to Naomh Mhuire on Saturday evening and suffered a defeat, next up is a home game against Killybegs on Sunday 29th June, time to be confirmed. The Minor team are due to play Lifford on Monday 30th June in Glenswilly at 7.30pm in the Minor Championship.The U16 boys play Naomh Colmcille on Friday 27th June in Glenswilly at 7.30pm.The U14 boys eagerly await the Northern Board Div 3 championship final against Downings which is due to be played on the week end of 4/5/6 July.Congratulations to Michael, Neil and Cormac on their success with the Donegal Senior and Minor teams last Sunday. We are all looking forward to the Ulster Final on July 20th in Clones. Ticket orders should be sent in writing or email to Sharon McGinty before Wednesday 9th July. Email address is [email protected] The monthly club meeting will take place on Monday 30th June at 9pm.The Kelloggs GAA summer camps are coming up on the 7th to 14th of July, Registration is available through Paddy Mc Ginty on 087 9210846.GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY THIRDS BEATEN BUT REMAIN TOP OF LEAGUE was last modified: June 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more