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Pakistani Democrat IT Aides ‘Unauthorized Access’ to Congressional Office Servers

Pakistani Democrat IT Aides ‘Unauthorized Access’ to Congressional Office Servers

“Their behavior mirrored a ‘classic method for insiders to exfiltrate data from an organization'”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA13tzWetMU&feature=youtu.be&t=1559

Congressional investigators released a report indicating, “Democrat 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,” reported the Daily Caller Tuesday.

The report continued, alleging Democrats misrepresented the entire scandal:

Their behavior mirrored a “classic method for insiders to exfiltrate data from an organization,” and they continued even after orders to stop, the briefing materials allege. There are indications that numerous members’ data may have been secretly residing not on their designated servers, but instead aggregated onto one server, according to the briefing and other sources. Authorities said that the entire server was then physically stolen.

When acting on the findings, Democratic leadership appear to have misrepresented the issue to their own members as solely a matter of theft, a comparison of the investigators’ findings with Democrats’ recollections and a committee’s public statement shows, leading 44 Democrats to not conduct protective measures typically taken after a breach — including informing constituents whose personal information may have been exposed.

House investigators don’t believe multiple unauthorized logins were “innocuous”, saying, “This pattern of login activity suggests steps are being taken to conceal their activity.”

A second presentation shows that shortly before the election, their alleged behavior got even worse. “During September 2016, shared employee continued to use Democratic Caucus computers in anomalous ways:

  • Logged onto laptop as system administrator
  • Changed identity and logged onto Democratic Caucus server using 17 other user account credentials
  • Some credentials belonged to Members
  • The shared employee did not work for 9 of the 17 offices to which these user accounts belonged.”

The investigation found “possible storage of sensitive House information outside the House … Dropbox is installed on two Caucus computers used by the shared employees. Two user accounts had thousands of files in their Dropbox folder on each computer.” Using Dropbox is against House rules because it uploads files offsite.

The Daily Caller’s report is detailed, lengthy, and well worth the time to read.

One of the aides, Imran Awan, worked for former DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Professor Jacobson discussed Shultz’s connection to Imran last year, and we’ve covered the story over the last few months.

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I am still interested in this one too:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/03/17/laptop-secret-service-employee-stolen/99316412/

Laptop of Secret Service employee stolen in Brooklyn

The computer also contained information connected with the e-mail investigation related to Hillary Clinton, reported CBS2. The thief also made away with lapel pins connected with assignments tied to Trump, the Clinton campaign, the Pope and the United Nations General Assembly, according to the news organization.

    After 8 years of obama/jarrett’s destruction of every institution in our government, why wouldn’t the Secret Service have become so lame?

    carabec in reply to MarkSmith. | January 18, 2018 at 8:22 am

    This was al done by Pakistani Nationals working for DWS! just before it was revealed the wife of one took out a loan for $300,ooo and obsounded to Pakistan with the money. It was a Family affair. Debbie suspected or knew The man working directly for her was barred. She kept him in the loop. Was their Personal reason. I believe the whole Family IT Group has escaped to Pakistan. This was all in the news with great detail months ago. Who dropped the ball?

If House republicans think they can slow walk the investigation for gains in midterm electoral votes then they are sadly mistaken.

Subpoena backed by real threats to empanel a grand jury via the DOJ — now — before its too late.

So they are caught again. Yawn. Nothing will happen.

The Aswan’s had access to Wasserman’s computer. They therefore had access to her passwords. That would include the DNC computer’s password for sign in (documents and files) and email.
By coincidence the DNC computer had its files downloaded…just like the caucus computers.
Why is this not an issue. It sure looks like this would be a far better subject of investigation rather than the Russia/Trump hack angle.

    4th armored div in reply to puhiawa. | January 17, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Dopey Sessions can’t see 2 inches in front of his nose.

    How much data was classified ?

    DWS needs to be indicted for obstruction of justice and the whole CABAL of nogoodniks!

Hence all the distractions by Turban Durban and the democrat media.

This, hillary klinton’s crimes, etc now sit squarely with Swamp Sessions. He might just turn out to be the biggest villan of all.

What I see is a clear pattern of carelessness, disregard for the most basic security practices and sheer incompetence. This combination is not that uncommon, but at this level it’s unacceptable and downright criminal .

    Sessions will get right on it.

    When Sessions retired, he can star with boehner in a remake of The Keystone Kops series:
    https://www.britannica.com/topic/Keystone-Kops

    There is no greater farce than the one happening how on Session’s watch.

    guyjones in reply to Exiliado. | January 18, 2018 at 6:14 am

    Total indifference to national security protocols is in the Dumb-o-crats’ DNA. They simply don’t care about the consequences to the U.S., armed forces servicemembers, intelligence assets or allied states. The price for their indifference and callousness is paid by some anonymous schmuck operating halfway around the globe, so, who gives a damn?

This makes sense. In light of vile crone Hillary’s illegal server shenanigans — with all of the rank, arrogant indifference and contempt for information security protocols that it evinced — coupled with the obvious laxity towards information security that was standard operating procedure in the Obama Administration (Obama himself having communicated with Hillary at her private e-mail address, thus making him aware of it and responsible for not putting an end to it), the last thing that Congressional Dumb-o-crats wanted to deal with at the time was yet another scandal demonstrating the Party’s total ineptitude and indifference with respect to matters of national security. So, of course, they’d be happy to sweep this matter under the rug.

And, at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter whether Awan was a Patkistani spy, or, just a common hustler out to make a buck. This scandal and its origins in the Dumbs’ self-congratulatory “diversity” attitudes were politically damaging, and, the Dumbs naturally wanted to play damage control, to contain the potential political fallout.

[L]eading 44 Democrats to not conduct protective measures typically taken after a breach — including informing constituents whose personal information may have been exposed.

Does this create personal liability for the Democrat Members who exposed the “personal information” and then failed to disclose the breach to those constituents? In a retail context, I think it would. For those who routinely practice in these areas, please comment.

What we appear to have here is a crime family which was either originally working for the ISI, FIA or some other Pakistani intelligence organization or was co-opted by one of these agencies once it gained access to Congress. It is entirely possible that the Awans were assisting certain members of Congress in questionable private activities involving computers and electronic communications.

The leaving of Wasserman-Shultz’s laptop, with the notes, in an unused room in the capital could have been a mistake by the Awans or planted by someone else. However, it could have been done, by the Awans, to present evidence to federal authorities which would be harmful to Wasserman-Schlutz and other Congressmen and disrupt the functioning of Congress.

It is not only a huge embarrassment for the Democrat lawmakers affected, but could bring to light other irregularities or illegality in which they may have been involved.

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