Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) — A shadowy group of 10-year-old hackers from America’s 20th largest school district was arrested early Friday morning by an interagency task force of FBI agents and the local SWAT team.
“We’ve had Mr. Smith and his so-called ‘Home Room Hacker Collective’ under surveillance for years,” said Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams. “But we didn’t have enough evidence to take them down until Mrs. Clinton provided the nail in the coffin.”
Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton exposed the group earlier this week.
“Every Hackathon that happens, you know, 10-year-olds led by Russian assets like Mr. Smith are hacking our voting systems and the networks that connect them,” Mrs. Clinton told David Plouffe, campaign manager for Barack Obama in 2008. “It’s not just a vast right wing conspiracy anymore. Children like this pose a direct threat to our democracy.”
FBI Director Christopher Wray noted that Duval County’s 4th grade students rank #1 in the nation in math, making it child’s play for them to hack the county’s voting machines.
“Smith’s sophisticated group used an exploit called ‘MS03-026’ originally discovered by the Last Stage of Delirium research group,” Wray said. “We’re grateful to Mrs. Clinton for speaking truth to power and exposing these little mongrels for what they are.”
“Without Mr. Smith and his group, Mrs. Clinton would have taken Duval County by a slim, but insurmountable, margin,” Wray said.
Trump won Duval County by less than 6,000 votes, or 1.4%.