Awan ring loaded House data onto secret server and then covered it up with phony evidence
Leaked details of the House investigation into the Awan ring I.T. security breach indicate that everything that was supposed to remain within the digital security perimeter was instead secretly shipped to an outside server, from where it could go anywhere. Mr. and Mrs. Awan are believed to be cooperating with federal authorities in a plea deal, presumably to implicate higher-ups.
Keep in mind that all emails and office computer files of as many as 45 Democrat members of the House were handed over, making them subject to blackmail by parties unknown. And keep in mind that they won't even admit that a breach has taken place. Worst of all, the point woman the ring and its leader, Imran Awan, held in their thrall was Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC chair and co-conspirator in the rigging of the nomination for Hillary.
Luke Rosiak, investigative reporter of the Daily Caller News Foundation, owns the story. He has a confidential source that has revealed how Imran Awan came to be banned from the House of Representatives server.
The silence of the Democrats is so telling that I think I hear that ticking time bomb.
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A secret server is behind the Capitol Police's decision to ban a former IT aide to Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz from the House network.
Now-indicted former congressional IT aide Imran Awan allegedly routed data from numerous House Democrats to a secret server. Police grew suspicious and requested a copy of the server early this year, but they were provided with an elaborate falsified image designed to hide the massive violations. The falsified image is what ultimately triggered their ban from the House network Feb. 2, according to a senior House official with direct knowledge of the investigation.
The secret server was connected to the House Democratic Caucus, an organization chaired by then-Rep. Xavier Becerra. Police informed Becerra that the server was the subject of an investigation and requested a copy of it. Authorities considered the false image they received to be interference in a criminal investigation, the senior official said.
Data was also backed up to Dropbox in huge quantities, the official said. Congressional offices are prohibited from using Dropbox, so an unofficial account was used, meaning Awan could have still had access to the data even though he was banned from the congressional network.
Awan had access to all emails and office computer files of 45 members of Congress who are listed below. Fear among members that Awan could release embarrassing information if they cooperated with prosecutors could explain why the Democrats have refused to acknowledge the cybersecurity breach publicly or criticize the suspects.
House Democrats employed Awan and four family members for years as IT aides. After learning of the House probe, Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, frantically transferred money to accounts in their native Pakistan.
Awan and Alvi were indicted in August on fraud charges related to the transfers, but they have not yet been charged with criminal cybersecurity violations partly because some of the 45 Democrats have been passive about helping build the case, the House official said.
Hat tip: J.J. Sefton