State law enforcement officials served a search warrant Monday morning in the investigation of two men accused of hacking the Lee County supervisor of elections website. “There was an attempted hacking of the website, but this is an ongoing investigation,” said Vicki Collins, spokeswoman for the Lee County Supervisor of Elections. “The info they accessed was an old server with no (useful) information on it … Nobody is compromised.” Dan Sinclair is running for supervisor position against the incumbent Supervisor of Elections Sharon Harrington. He appeared in a video of the hacking posted to YouTube with David Levin, CEO of Vanguard Cybersecurity, walking through how Levin hacked into the Lee elections website a couple of weeks ago.
When asked if his actions were part of a political stunt, Sinclair said his weren’t but that Harrington going to the FDLE to report the situation was. “This office did not invite them into the website,” Collins said.
Sinclair said he was the one who told the office they had the security issues in the first place and had Levin walk them through how he got in. “They wouldn’t have the information if we didn’t give it to them,” Sinclair said.
He said Levin called him in December after taking an online federal course, including some Department of Defense officials, about penetration testing of online systems and told him that he could easily get into the Lee elections website. “He went in there and did the right thing,” Sinclair said of Levin.