Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s former IT guy is about to have an ugly rendezvous with the American justice system, and even his decision to introduce Mr. Smashy to a number of hard drives associated with the case isn’t going to stop the truth from coming out.
That’s the takeaway from cybersecurity industry experts who told The Daily Caller that even though Imran Awan took a hammer to several hard drives seized by the FBI in relation to the case, it would be very easy for authorities to extract the data from them.
Awan was arrested last week at Dulles Airport as he tried to catch a plane that would take him back to his native Pakistan. Awan’s attempted flight from the country came just hours after the FBI had executed a search warrant on his home to obtain smashed hard drives apparently connected with the case.
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According to Politico, Awan is being detained on one count of bank fraud for apparently deceiving the Congressional Federal Credit Union when he applied for a home loan.
However, he’s also suspected as a major player in a double-billing scheme for computer hardware that he allegedly helped orchestrate while he was an IT staffer for top congressional Democrats, including former DNC head Wasserman Schultz. Federal officials also suspect him of mishandling sensitive information by putting it in the cloud.
You might think, with the hard drives smashed, that evidence from the hard drives couldn’t be recovered by officials. However, Tom Hakim of werecoverdata.com — a firm which specializes in this sort of thing — says that getting information off of the drives shouldn’t be that difficult.
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“It depends on what happens, but even if it is hit with a hammer, it probably doesn’t damage the platters that actually hold the data, which remains recoverable,” Hakim said.
“In most cases, it’s very likely” data can be recovered “in two or three days, maybe a week” if a hard drive is smashed that way, Hakim said.
That’s bad news for Awan, and it could be bad news for Wasserman Schultz, too. Lest you think that the connection is just a tenuous one, The Hill noted that reports are afoot Awan was still on her payroll when he got nabbed trying to take to the friendly skies out at Dulles. Keep in mind that he and his family have been under investigation in this matter for quite some time and that the investigation became public months ago. It’s not as if Wasserman Schultz first heard of this through the news on the dewy morn after her IT guy tried to pull a Robert Vesco.
To that end, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust filed an ethics complaint against the Florida representative in Congress on Monday to find out more about why Awan kept getting taxpayer coin for doing nothing despite being the subject of a federal investigation — a fact that likely makes Wasserman Schultz wish those hard drives weren’t just smashed but thrown into the caldera of Mount Doom.
“There is something quite amiss as to why Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz continued to use taxpayer funds to employ former technology staff member, Imran Awan, even months after he was barred from accessing the House’s computer systems and a number of her colleagues severed ties with Awan,” Matthew Whitaker, FACT’s executive director, said in a press release.
“Since Awan’s arrest last week, Wasserman Schultz has been evasive and unable to answer even basic questions about the nature of Awan’s employment with her office. This only further confirms the urgency of an investigation into her unethical and illegal actions.”
Did I say the caldera of Mount Doom? What I really meant was taking them back in time and placing them in the drop zone at Bikini Atoll during the nuclear test there. Alas, even though he billed an astonishing $4 million from Democrats between 2009 and 2016, Awan couldn’t even bring himself to go any further than smashing them. Some gratitude, eh?
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