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FDLE arrests man for hacking state and county election sites

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has arrested an Estero man after he allegedly hacked the state Division of Elections web site and the Lee County elections web site.

The agency said Wednesday that David Levin, 31, owned of Vanguard Cybersecurity, was charged with three counts of unauthorized access to a computer, computer system, or electronic device. That's a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

FDLE said Levin gained access to the state web site on Jan. 4 and Jan. 31 and to the Lee elections site on Dec. 19, 2015. Agents executed a search warrant at Levin's home on Feb. 8 and recovered computers and "other evidence" that he used to access the two systems. Levin turned himself in and was taken to the Lee County jail in Fort Myers, where he was being held Wednesday on $15,000 bond.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 2:37pm]


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