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Elections agency acknowledges hacking attempt

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of State, which oversees the state elections system, said Friday evening that it was the target of a hacking attempt in 2016 -- but that the attempt was unsuccessful.

A brief statement issued by the department did not disclose when the hacking attempt occurred or if the hackers have been identified.

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“The Department of State was notified by the Department of Homeland Security today that Florida was unsuccessfully targeted by hackers last year,” the statement said. “This attempt was not in any way successful and Florida's online elections databases and voting systems remained secure.”