Thursday, January 18, 2018 by JD Heyes
For several months the latest scandal tied to the Democratic Party has been quietly building. I say “quietly” because as usual, the disgustingly dishonest Democrat-friendly “mainstream media” has been silent about it.
But one intrepid reporter at The Daily Caller has been tracking and documenting the burgeoning scandal after unearthing it last year. And now he just blew the lid off it.
“House investigators concluded that Democratic IT aides made unauthorized access to congressional servers in 2016, allegedly accessing the data of members for whom they did not work, logging in as members of Congress themselves, and covering their tracks, according to a presentation summarizing the findings of a four-month internal probe,” writes The DC’s Luke Rosiak, detailing the latest findings in the biggest scandal you’ve not heard or read about.
Some months ago Rosiak reported that the aides, brothers, and relatives who are originally from Pakistan (and are currently back in Pakistan) were believed to have been improperly accessing the servers and accounts of 44 Democratic lawmakers including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and former Rep. Rahm Emanuel (now mayor of Chicago).
Capitol Police and House officials became suspicious of Imran, Abid, and Jamal Awan and others after they were caught making authorized access to Democratic members’ data.
What they were doing matched a “classic method for insiders to exfiltrate data from an organization,” according to the presentation, continuing to do so even after being told to stop their activities.
Rosiak reports that there is evidence to believe that the data of numerous Democratic members might have secretly been stored not on designated servers but rather aggregated onto a single server.
Investigators and federal authorities noted as well that the entire server has been stolen, by the way.
But it gets worse. It appears as though Democratic leaders misrepresented the seriousness of the breach and data theft to their members, as noted by the differences in what investigators have actually found and the fact that 44 Democrats did not beef up their system security which is typical after a breach.
A summary of the investigation, written by the House Office of Inspector General under the bold heading “UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS” states that “5 shared employee system administrators have collectively logged into 15 member offices and the Democratic Caucus although they were not employed by the offices the accessed.”
Investigators found evidence that a House “server is being used for nefarious purposes and elevated the risk that individuals could be reading and/or removing information” that is very likely sensitive (or personally damaging, perhaps?).
In addition to the Awans, Imran’s wife Hina Alvi is named along with friend Rao Abbas. Abid’s Ukrainian wife Natalia Sova along with another associate, Haseeb Rana, were also identified as being involved in the breaches or at least associated with them. (Related: There is nothing more despicable than a Democrat.)
The summary notes that one of the system administrators “logged into a member’s office two months after he was terminated from that office.”
Further, investigators believe there was malicious intent: “This pattern of login activity suggests steps are being taken to conceal their activity.”
Rosiak noted that statements made to him by some Democratic House members indicate they were misinformed or at least not fully told about the seriousness of the breaches.
“This is the first I’ve heard about that,” Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver of Missouri said of the cybersecurity issues, though he employed nearly every member of the Awan group.
“The only thing I’m aware of is that he’s being charged with bank fraud,” Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas, who employed Jamal and is also a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told Rosiak.
House and Democratic officials told affected chiefs of staff in February 2017 that the Awans and others were being banned from the network. There were no Republican staff members present. Briefers never said anything about the cybersecurity concerns, according to several Democrats.
And wouldn’t you know it? The Democrat-aligned ‘establishment media’ isn’t telling them, either. Go figure.
J.D. Heyes is editor of The National Sentinel and a senior writer for Natural News and News Target.