Florida has had its share of election incidents – in 2000 results of the presidential election hung by a chad. But in 2016, weeks before the heated presidential tussle, it seems, miscreants launched a ransomware attack on the West Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office.

Elections Supervisor Wendy Sartory Link told The Palm Beach Post she found out about the attack, which occurred under the watch of her predecessor Susan Bucher, only after the IT Director James Darter was fired last November after being arrested for possessing child porn.

The acting IT director, Ed Sacerio, told Link about the attempt. “He said, ‘One thing I don’t know is about ... what happened with the hack we had back (in 2016), to know if that’s still a problem,’” Link cited Sacerio as saying. “I’m already reeling from the fact that we just lost our IT director, and now you’re telling me that there was a hack that no one bothered to share?”

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