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FDLE arrests Estero man for hacking into elections websites

ESTERO, Fla.- A man accused of gaining unauthorized access to the Lee County Elections Office website has been arrested, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Wednesday.

David Levin, 31, of Estero, is facing three counts of unauthorized access of a computer system, network, or electronic device, a third degree felony.

Levin, the owner of Vanguard Cybersecurity, is accused of hacking into the Lee County elections website on Dec. 19 as well as the Department of State Division of Elections website on Jan. 4 and Jan. 31, FDLE said.

FDLE agents executed a search warrant at Levin’s home on Feb. 8 and recovered computers and other evidence.

Levin turned himself in Wednesday to FDLE agents and was transported to the Lee County Jail.

“I want to assure the voters of Lee County that all Lee County Supervisor of Elections systems: voter registration, tabulation, and website, are secure,” said Lee County Supervisor of Elections Sharon L. Harrington in response to Levin’s arrest. “The entire incident was an unfortunate situation that did not need to occur.  Mr. Levin is in the business of cyber security and should have followed the proper protocol.”

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