Democrats have had a bad track record of dealing with computer security issues over the last several years, whether it be Hillary’s use of a private email server, or the subsequent hacks that occurred at the DNC, but have lost track of the security that comes from inside their own walls. According to Daily Caller, “Three brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieve of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission.”
Three brothers by the names of Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from using the computer networks at the House of Representatives on Thursday, after they were accused of serious violations of accessing the computer networks of members of Congress without permission. They are being accused of stealing highly sensitive equipment from Congress as well.
Daily Caller states that one of the brothers, Jamal, handled IT for Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat who serves on both the intelligence and foreign affairs panels. Castro’s spokeswoman, Erin Hatch made a statement on Friday saying that “As of 2/2, his employment with our office has been terminated.” Jamal also worked for Louisiana Democrat Rep. Cedric Richmond, who is on the Committee on Homeland Security.
The other two brothers who were abruptly fired, held IT positions working for House committees that dealt with armed services, oversight, Benghazi, and foreign affairs. Red flags on the brothers were apparent as far back as 2009, when the Congressional Credit Union repossessed Abid’s car and after facing multiple lawsuits, filed bankruptcy.
Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said that the investigation was still ongoing and arrests have not been made yet. House staff have been alerted to update their security settings.
H/T[Allen B. West]