Ex-data analyst Rebekah Jones asks Florida police to return computers after raid

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – Former Florida Department of Health data analyst who said a raid on her home by state investigators was revenge for speaking out about what she describes as efforts to falsify COVID numbers -19 demands that they return the seized computer equipment and cell phones.

Rebekah Jones said in a court filing Wednesday that what the Florida Department of Law Enforcement accused her of doing was not a crime, according to the Miami Herald.

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Jones has not been charged with a felony, but state investigators raided her home earlier this month, saying in a search warrant that they likely had reason to believe Jones was there. originated from an anonymous message sent Nov. 10 to Jones’ former colleagues at the Florida Department of Health using the ReadyOps system for emergency operations.

The message read, “It’s time to speak up before another 17,000 people die.” You know, this is wrong. You don’t have to be part of it. Be a hero. Speak up before it’s too late.

Jones denies writing the message.

Since the raid, evidence has emerged that the username and password for the private messaging system were posted in at least seven pdf files that were widely available on the internet to anyone with the address, according to the Herald. .

Bennett Cyphers, a technology expert with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, said in Jones’ filing on Wednesday that the FDLE failed to provide “sufficient evidence” linking the address Unauthorized message IP at Jones home.

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An IP address “cannot be used to identify a particular device or person” because IP addresses used by one customer in one week “can be used by another customer next week,” Cyphers said.

Jones helped develop the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, but she was later fired for insubordination and has since publicly questioned the accuracy of the data.

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Sean N. Ayres