Hack Florida

Oh, teh stoopid – it burns!!!!

Last year a hacker in Florida revealed security vulnerabilities in one county’s elections web domains, so election officials could fix the problem. Naturally, instead of repairing their sites they elected to have the hacker arrested.

David Michael Levin, owner of Vanguard Cybersecurity, was arrested after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement received a referral from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office detailing Levin’s naïve attempt to thwart election fraud by exposing the online vulnerabilities.

Levin spent six hours in jail, held on $15,000 bond. He now faces three counts of gaining unauthorized access to a computer, network, or electronic instrument — despite the fact he had not only been doing his job, but also alerted the county to a potentially serious security concern.

All we can say is when exposure of a crime is treated as a criminal act, you are ruled by criminals.

But then…you already knew that, n’est-ce pas?

Hack Florida

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