TAMPA, Florida – 1.1 million requests per hour – State officials say Florida’s voter registration website has never seen this volume before.
Cyber security expert Tony Martinez with MGT Consulting compares what happened to an insane rush to get into a store on Black Friday.
“We’ve all seen the doors open and people push each other to the point where they’re almost blocking each other,” Martinez said.
He says such online crashes are common and officials likely underestimated the type of traffic the site would receive.
“Every user there requests or transmits data. If all of this happens at the same time and the website doesn’t have the back-end infrastructure to handle those electronic requests or trivia, it becomes overloaded, “Martinez said.
Martinez says that such crashes can be intentionally performed by hackers, but there is no evidence that this happened here.
State officials say they are working with law enforcement to make sure this was not an intentional act.
Martinez says interest in that election likely caused the spike.
“Glad to see people register. It means that people are engaged. Not to get too political, but the website does its job and the team behind it to get people to sign up for the vote so that’s always good, “Martinez said.
Because of the crash Governor DeSantis extended the registration period to 7 p.m. Tuesday.