If you’re a Democrat and in public office, you will probably want to check your anti-virus and spyware software and settings. It appears that once again, Democrats have been targeted for hacking. Only this time, it has come from within.
We all remember the drama that unfolded throughout last year’s election season as the Democratic National Committee and then Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta had their emails hacked and leaked.
There was also the nearly constant barrage of stories about the use of and investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server used for conducting official federal business. The Daily Caller reported that a new cyber security threat has targeted congressional Democrats.
Three brothers: Abid, Imran and Jamal Awan, “who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission.” The brothers also worked on computers for members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
“The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism,” The Daily Caller reported.
As a result of the unauthorized access, several key congressional, Democratic leaders have potentially been compromised. These include Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., Rep. Andre Carson,D-Ind., Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. and Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla.
The brothers are considered shared employees who are hired by multiple offices who share the expense of their salaries. Right Wing News noted that the brothers live together with Hina Alvi, “ a woman who also works in IT for some of the same Democrats the brothers worked for.” The brothers also reportedly have experienced significant financial troubles including “repossessed cars, bankruptcy declarations, lawsuits and multiple second mortgages.”
It is unclear at this time what data may have been compromised or how it was used.
Source: Right Wing News
Source: The Daily Caller