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Thu Feb 13, 2020, 08:42 PM

Palm Beach County elections office allegedly hit by ransomware attack in 2016


By Rosa Flores, Ross Levitt and Ray Sanchez, CNN

Updated 4:44 PM ET, Thu February 13, 2020

(CNN)The office of the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections in Florida was allegedly hit by a ransomware attack in September 2016, according to the county elections supervisor.

Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link, who assumed her position in January 2019, said Wednesday she did not learn about the alleged attack until late last year.

That's when she reported it to authorities, including the FBI and Department of Homeland Security -- in late November or early December 2019, according to Link.

The alleged attack was first reported in The Palm Beach Post.



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