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Lawmaker: Data transfers from Wasserman Schultz aide a ‘substantial security threat’

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On Tuesday a Republican lawmaker said the “massive” data transfers from government servers by Democratic Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s former IT aide was “a substantial security threat.”

During an informal hearing of Republican House congressional members on Tuesday, Pennsylvania Republican Scott Perry said the stand-alone facts of the Imran Awan case, “indicate a substantial security threat,” Fox News reports.

Last month Awan pleaded not guilty to multiple federal charges including bank fraud and conspiracy, and in August a grand jury returned an indictment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, handing out four charges to Awan and his wife, the Miami Herald reported.

Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, has since accused Awan of fraud, filling papers against him in a Pakistan court on September 13, according the Daily Caller News Foundation, citing documents the media outlet had obtained.

Alvi said Awan had “threatened the complainant of dire consequences, he also threatened to harm the lives of family of the complainant if she intervenes.”

Representative Perry, who is a member of the Homeland Security subcommittee on cyber security said on Tuesday that the House Office of Inspector General had investigated the network usage of Awan on House servers and found a “massive” amount of data was flowing from the networks.

Perry noted more than 5,700 logins by five associates of Awan had been discovered on a single server within the House, while 5,400 logins appeared unauthorized.

According to Perry that particular server belonged to then-Democratic Representative Xavier Becerra, who is now California’s attorney general.

Representative Perry added a criminal investigation by Capitol Police was initiated after the House Office of Inspector General reported its findings into Awan and his associates last year.

(Written & Edited by Bart Charles Begley)

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