Since the election, Democrats have made a big stink about Russian hacking and data breaches.
But there was another more serious data breach that occurred right under everyone’s nose.
And the implications are bone chilling.
Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan are brothers who worked as top Democratic staffers for members of the House Select Committee on Intelligence.
They are under criminal investigation for accessing members’ computers without permission and stealing data.
The Daily Caller reports:
“Three brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission.
Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.
Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism.
Also among those whose computer systems may have been compromised is Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Democrat who was previously the target of a disastrous email hack when she served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign.”
There were multiple red flags about the suspects.
“The Daily Caller also reports that two of them faced serious financial difficulties, which could have created pressure on them to compromise sensitive information:
Signs of trouble have long been visible in public records. The Congressional Credit Union repossessed Abid’s car in 2009, and he declared bankruptcy in 2012, facing multiple lawsuits.
Alvi, who did not respond to TheDCNF’s request for comment, has taken multiple second mortgages.
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Security-sensitive jobs typically require background checks for credit and legal problems that can create pressures to cash in on access to secret information and documents.
Jamal, who public records suggest is only 22 years old and first began working in the House when he was 20, was paid nearly $160,000 a year, or three times the average House IT staff salary, according to InsideGov, which tracks congressional salaries. Abid was paid $161,000 and Imran $165,000.”
There are now serious questions as to what data they stole and who they may have passed it along to.
Given their position of working with members of the Select Committee on Intelligence, the data breach could have compromised national security.
And unbelievably, some Democrats are still employing the brothers.
“Multiple Democratic lawmakers have yet to cut ties with House staffers under criminal investigation for wide-ranging equipment and data theft.
Imran Awan, a longtime House staffer who worked for more than two dozen Democrats since 2004, is still employed by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, though his access to the House IT network has been blocked since last week.
“At this time we are continuing to gather information from House officials and will determine the best approach to move forward once we have reviewed that information,” David Damron, communications director for Wasserman Schultz, said in an email when asked by POLITICO if Awan was still working for the Florida Democrat.
Wasserman Schultz declined to comment, referring POLITICO to the statement when asked follow-up questions Monday night.”
By continuing to employ staffers who have been accused of data breaches and serious theft of potentially sensitive information, Democrats have exposed themselves and their complaints of Russian hacking as nothing more than a bunch of sore losers whining about a lost election.