IT employees for Congress are under investigation for hacking emails and other communications. The hackers are all members of the same Pakistani family and were employed by dozens of Congressmen and women.
According to a former House technology worker, the hackers had access to “correspondence, emails, confidential files,” with almost no tracking of what they did with the information.
While the criminal investigation has been underway for some weeks, it is only now coming to light exactly how invasive the hacks were.
The Daily Caller investigates:
Imran Awan bullied central IT to bend the rules for him so there wouldn’t be a paper trail about the unusually high permissions he was requesting. And their actions were not logged, so members have no way of knowing what information they may have taken, the central IT employee said.
Awan ran technology for multiple House Democrats, and soon four of his relatives — including brothers Abid and Jamal — appeared on the payroll of dozens of other members, collecting $4 million in taxpayer funds since 2010.
“They had access to EVERYTHING. Correspondence, emails, confidential files — if it was stored on the Member system, they had access to it,” the former House Information Resources (HIR) technology worker with first-hand knowledge of Imran’s privileges told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The members of Congress who employed the family have downplayed the significance of the hacks but, a central IT worker said this was symptomatic of the problem: “Unfortunately, as the recent election has shown, security of computer systems on the Hill is not really taken seriously.”
The suspects have known links with a former member of Hezbollah, have committed crimes against other family members and regularly spend time in Pakistan.