Authorities are digging deeper into these data scandals trying to discover if sensitive and vital information was stolen from congressional offices by Pakistani-American IT staffers and sold to Pakistani and Russian intelligence.
I wonder if they obtained the idea of this occurrence, or rather had more solidified proof of this happening after the arrest of Imran Awan, one of Debbie Wasserman Schultz lead IT people for the DNC.
Despite being fired by lawmakers way back in February, Schultz kept him on her payroll until his arrest while attempting to flee the country.
As Written by Paul Sperry for the New York Post:
What started out 16 months ago as a scandal involving the alleged theft of computer equipment from Congress has turned into a national-security investigation involving FBI surveillance of the suspects.
Investigators now suspect that sensitive US government data — possibly including classified information — could have been compromised and may have been sold to hostile foreign governments that could use it to blackmail members of Congress or even put their lives at risk.
“This is a massive, massive scandal,” a senior US official familiar with the widening probe told The Post.
Alarm bells went off in April 2016 when computer security officials in the House reported “irregularities” in computer equipment purchasing. An internal investigation revealed the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars in government property, and evidence pointed to five IT staffers and the Democratic Congress members’ offices that employed them.
The evidence was turned over to the House inspector general, who found so much “smoke” that she recommended a criminal probe, sources say. The case was turned over to Capitol Police in October.
When the suspected IT workers couldn’t produce the missing invoiced equipment, sources say, they were removed from working on the computer network in early February.
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