Another secret computer server scandal is emerging from the Democrat Party and many Democrats are worried about their secrets getting out.
According to the Daily Caller, 45 House Democrats have had their emails, documents, and other files funneled to a secret computer server by one man and his family. It’s Imran Awan, a former IT aide who has worked with the Democrats for years.
Imran Awan started working as an IT aide for House Democrats as early as 2004. He was first hired by five Democrats who all put him on their payroll. Over the years, the number increased to 45 House Democrats who had Awan on their payroll.
Awan came under investigation in early 2016 when House administrators learned of a number of alleged financial schemes Awan had been running, such as falsifying purchase orders. When they investigated the allegations, they discovered that not only was he acting fishy with finances, but was also guilty of a major breach in House Democrats’ cybersecurity.
Typically, each House members’ data is stored on a private server unique to them. It turns out that Awan had also been funneling the data to a separate secret server connected to the House Democrat Caucus. He was also uploading huge amounts of data to Dropbox which gave him access to the data whenever he wished, even when banned from the DNC network during the investigation.
The ban occurred when Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA), one of Awan’s employers, left his seat to become California attorney general. Becerra attempted to delete the data from his server only to discover it was under investigation. When authorities requested an image of the server, a fake was provided by Awan, convincing authorities to probe deeper.
When authorities discovered the secret server and the files uploaded to Dropbox, Awan and his wife Hina Alvi, were indicted for fraud charges, but have yet to be charged with criminal cybersecurity violations.
A House official explains that the data Awan likely has could prove to contain very embarrassing or compromising information on the House Democrats who employed him. To avoid being blackmailed or having their dirty laundry aired, they’ve been very lackadaisical about the entire matter. So far, they’ve only removed Awan from their payroll and barred his access, but have not pursued criminal charges for the breach.
Amazingly, it would seem they haven’t even looked into what data was stolen or what information might be on the private server. Representative Sander Levin (D-MI), said he wasn’t worried. “After being notified by the House Administration Committee, this individual was removed from our payroll. We are confident that everything in our office is secure,” Levin said.
Dem IT darling Awan was funneling data to a separate secret server for 45 Dems. Should these secret servers be banned?
A spokesman for Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH), said she fired Awan, but strangely didn’t believe he did anything wrong. “There’s no indication that he stole information or did anything inappropriate,” he said.
The indifference of the House Democrats, whose data may have been stolen, is alarming. According to one House official, “For members to say their data was not compromised is simply inaccurate. They had access to all the data including all emails. Imran Awan is the walking example of an insider threat, a criminal actor who had access to everything.”
The discovery of an IT aide in the DNC funneling huge amounts of data to a secret server is deeply disturbing. Even worse, Democrats don’t seem to care or want to get to the bottom of the massive cybersecurity breach. It raises the concern of whether they simply don’t see a cybersecurity breach as a threat, or if there’s something they don’t want discovered, hoping the issue will remain beneath the rug they’re sweeping it under.