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Search warrant served on Rebekah Jones for illegally using FDOH emergency alert system

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) served a search warrant today on the Tallahassee residence of Rebekah Jones, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) employee who was fired earlier this year and went on to raise money through a GoFundMe and launch her own COVID-19 dashboard.

According to the information in the search warrant, FDOH reported on November 10 that an unidentified subject had “gained access to a multi-user account group… and sent a group text stating the following: ‘it’s time to speak up before another 17,000 people are dead. You know this is wrong. You don’t have to be a part of this. Be a hero. Speak out before it’s too late.'” FDLE estimates that approximately 1,750 messages were delivered before the software vendor was able to stop the message from being transmitted.

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Jones would have had access to login credentials from her time working at FDOH. FDLE requested the logs from the application and identified an IPv6 address that resolved to the residence of Rebekah Jones.

Jones has a history of criminal charges, including a pending stalking charge:

Jones made a video of officers entering her home with guns drawn and repeatedly shouted that officers were pointing guns at her children.

FDLE has released a statement about the incident:

“Regarding the warrant served this morning at the residence of Rebekah Jones, former Department of Health employee, FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen provides this statement.

“’Our investigation began last month following a complaint by Florida Department of Health that a person illegally hacked into their emergency alert system.  As part of our investigation, FDLE agents served a search warrant this morning at the Centerville Court residence where Ms. Jones lives after determining the home was the location that the unauthorized message was sent from. 

“‘Agents knocked and called Ms. Jones both announcing the search warrant and encouraging her to cooperate.  Ms. Jones refused to come to the door for 20 minutes and hung-up on agents. 

“‘After several attempts, Ms. Jones allowed agents inside.  Agents entered the home in accordance with normal protocols and seized several devices that will be forensically analyzed.  At no time were weapons pointed at anyone in the home.  Any evidence will be referred to the State Attorney for prosecution as appropriate.'”

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