Meet The Awan Brothers - The (Not-Russian) IT Staff Who Allegedly Hacked Congress' Computer Systems

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In an ironic twist, it appears it may not have been 'The Russians' that hacked America's political system last year. As The Daily Caller reports, three brothers (Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan) who managed office IT 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 computer networks without permission.

Imran Awan seen below with Bill Clinton


As Luke Rosiak repoerts, the brothers were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.

Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues, information and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism.


The brothers are suspected of serious violations, including accessing members’ computer networks without their knowledge and stealing equipment from Congress.

The three men are “shared employees,” meaning they are hired by multiple offices, which split their salaries and use them as needed for IT services. It is up to each member to fire them from working...

Jamal handled IT for Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat who serves on both the intelligence and foreign affairs panels.


“As of 2/2, his employment with our office has been terminated,” Castro spokeswoman Erin Hatch told TheDCNF Friday.


Jamal also worked for Louisiana Democrat Rep. Cedric Richmond, who is on the Committee on Homeland Security.


Imran worked for Reps. Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat, and Jackie Speier, a California Democrat. Carson and Speier are members of the intelligence committee. Spokesmen for Carson and Speier did not respond to TheDCNF’s requests for comments. Imran also worked for the House office of Wasserman-Schultz.


Then-Rep. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, employed Abid for IT work in 2016. She was a member of House committees dealing with the armed services, oversight, and Benghazi. Duckworth was elected to the Senate in November, 2016. Abid has a prior criminal record and a bankruptcy.


Abid also worked for Rep. Lois Frankel, a Florida Democrat who is member of the foreign affairs committee.


Also among those whose computer systems may have been compromised is Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Democrat who was previously the target of a disastrous email hack when she served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign.


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A criminal investigation into five unnamed people began late last year related to serious and potentially illegal violations of House IT policies, Politico reported Thursday. Chiefs of staff for the members were briefed Thursday by the Sergeant-at-Arms.

Buzzfeed reported Friday that one of the affected members claimed:

“they said it was some sort of procurement scam, but now I’m concerned that they may have stolen data from us, emails, who knows.”

While treading carefully here, and not wanting to hurt anyone's feelings, is it just us or is the irony too perfect that having blamed 'Russians' for allegedly hacking their systems and manipulating the election, it was three IT staff they hired (with immigrant-sounding names - yes we said it) that in fact broke into the systems of various politicians and aides.

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BritBob's picture

The Democrtats were always quick to cry foul and point the finger.

Secretary Clinton on Falklands during press conference with Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Buenos Aires 2010 : 'As to the first point, we want very much to encourage both countries to sit down. Now, we cannot make either one do so, but we think it is the right way to proceed. So we will be saying this publicly, as I have been, and we will continue to encourage exactly the kind of discussion across the table that needs to take place .'

Now if she'd been well-briefed or done some independent research (she must employ staff to help her out) Hillary wouldn't have fallen for that usurpation (seriously half the world was usurped in the 19th century) and those numerous resolutions that are just proposals from the UN Decolonisation Committee, a committee made up of member states like Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela, Iran and Syria. Hm. Should have done better...

Falklands: 1833 Usurpation & UN Resolutions:


She could have just said that the islanders should determine how and by whom they are governed (which is UN policy) instead of pandering to CFK.

Sitting on the fence when there is no fence!

DontGive's picture

Those are some tanned Russians.


Sooo - the Democrats were hacked by -  those spooky Coppertone Rooski Internet Democrats. 

Karma is a curried bindaloo bitch, ain't it ? 

I wonder if they were H1B visa holders.......................... 

UndergroundPost's picture

But you didn't say it. Their names sound like - ok, actually are Islamic names. Did the Jackass Party get Jihaded?

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) UndergroundPost Feb 4, 2017 4:22 PM

Is that Guantanamo written on their foreheads?

Dugald's picture


You got wogs in sensitive IT, really, you are so fucked up its almost unbelievable, but being America its easy to believe.....and HILARIOUS....!!

When its this funny it hard not to grin....

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"You got wogs in sensitive IT"

About 10 years ago we discovered that the encrption technology on secure smartcards at gov. labs we  developed and sold to the US by Canadian who used to a Vietnamese general. Nice security

Kidbuck's picture

Right now, DHS uses prisoners in Federal prisons to provide the daily IT support for several programs. What could go wrong?

Yog Soggoth's picture

I was thinking more like "what me worry? "Alfred E Neuman.

land_of_the_few's picture

Isn't "secure smartcards" at least one, if not two oxymorons? :D wait til' they go contactless, then the real fun begins.

Georgiabelle's picture

Seriously. What's next, a special H-1B visa for ISIS jihadis? Because really, everyone knows the only reason they became terrorists is because they can't find good jobs back home.  

Jubal Early's picture

"Jamal, who public records suggest is only 22 years old and first began working in the House when he was 20, was paid nearly $160,000 a year, or three times the average House IT staff salary, according to InsideGov, which tracks congressional salaries. Abid was paid $161,000 and Imran $165,000."

Thats right, they even got Jamal a job even though he was just out of high school.  And at 3 times the salary of trustworthy white christian americans who already had 20 years of experience.  This was a deliberate sell out approaching the scale of Hillary's fountain of top-secret information.

land_of_the_few's picture

Yep, who the frack pays a know-nothing 22yo such money? Especially one with such a background. OMG pure ignorance, or just insane levels of corruption. Someone's dark-hued thrillstick? Or maybe they were blackmailing someone?

And they still steal IT gear despite the ludicrous enormo-fees? Old habits die hard?

dogismycopilot's picture

Even worse - Those are PAKISTANI names.

land_of_the_few's picture

Does Huma know about this story yet? :D

Kidbuck's picture

What was Congress's first fucking clue?

land_of_the_few's picture

I sure hope these guys don't lose their sense of Huma :P

Lanka's picture

If  Obama had three sons.

zeronetwork's picture

My guess is that they are from Pakistan.  You can not blame others for your troubles if you don't or can't do your own work. My second guess is perhaps they are isi agents. Which obviously can't be proved because isi is the best and cia is busy hauling drugs. If my thinking is right they ( is I ) took revange for treating them like a bitch by imposing trump over Americans.

dogismycopilot's picture

ISI is one of the best intelligence agencies.

One must also be a devout Muslim in order to be advanced in ISI.

land_of_the_few's picture

That prob rules out these stealers then. Unless they don't want to keep their own hands.


Ex-Oligarch's picture

So Bob, if I understand your implication, the Awan brothers are actually Argentines from the Falklands?  And they were sitting on a fence with Hillary, but the fence isn't actually there, and nobody actually sat down?  And the Decolonization Committee has Russians on it, so Clinton she sent some KFC to them, but she really should have sent it to the Awan brothers in the Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees? 

Interesting theory.  The question is, how do we prove it?

My suggestion: who eats fried chicken?  Find the bones, or even better some greasy finger prints on a 19th century map of the Falklands, and we'll have the culprit.

Dugald's picture


Brilliant deduction my dear Watson, why are you not in the White House....

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) BritBob Feb 4, 2017 4:22 PM

Falklands hell. What about Gibraltar? Are you asleep at the switch over there?

g'kar's picture

"We may have been hacked and secret shit was stolen, but it was a diversity based hack"---Tammy Duckworth

mofreedom's picture

They were just doing the work Americans refuse to do.

B as in B...S as in S

rz the 1st's picture

I've heard that before, are you perhaps a Garage Logician?

Keep reloading.......

peddling-fiction's picture

Does anybody see a problem with hiring Arabs for IT in sensitive areas?

bh2's picture

What could possibly go wrong?

BorisTheBlade's picture

Anything goes wrong, blame Russians.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) peddling-fiction Feb 4, 2017 3:49 PM

Ya think? It looks like security standards have fallen so low that the US is leaking like a sieve.

Trump and Co. have their work cut out for them. Not going to be easy to get rid of leeches that have infested every part of dot gov.

Kidbuck's picture

When DHS built a new building at their Glenco facility in Brunswick Georgia, all subcontractors were required to have security clearances. Turned out many of the contractors' workers were illegals. So, in a move typical of DHS brilliance, the chain link perimeter fence was moved so that the building under construction was outside the fence. Then, when the building was complete, the fence was moved back to enclose the building.

imbimmer's picture

These are Indian people, perhaps H1B holders.

SFopolis's picture

Could be, but the names don't sound too Indian to me.  H1B holders, possibly.

Brown Donahue's picture

These are muslim names.  I doubt they are Indian.

peddling-fiction's picture

They are Arab names, thus probably Muslim.

Brown Donahue's picture

Thanks for the clarification.  I stand corrected.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) peddling-fiction Feb 5, 2017 9:08 AM

Obviously the Democrats hired them because they can be trusted to keep the agenda.

cheeseheader's picture

Oh heck, I remember her...her 'infirmity' got her elected to the IL House, or Senate, or whatever.  Plus, I believe she was non-caucasian....


Never mend her politics....


Oh wait, it is IL.

jmack's picture

Hoisted upon your own retard.

SWRichmond's picture

Yes, my reaction when I read this was "well well well..."

Dugald's picture


What about Tut, tut, tut, more dignified don't cha thimk?

SandiaMan's picture

All on the Intelligence Committee

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) SandiaMan Feb 4, 2017 3:32 PM

All in IT and three brothers. Not accidental.

Glad they have been relieved of their duties, and access. Why are they not in jail?

mofreedom's picture

Had to get back to Saudi for some quick fun with the kiddies.

werker's picture

Yep,... this is a war. They want sharia and kiddie fucking so we are going to BUTCHER them in the streets for even ATTEMPTING to hurt our FUTURE. Our CHILDREN.     "Kill Bill" was a crappy movie but I LOVE the title.

Miss Expectations's picture

They must have been highly recommended by somebody.  I wonder who?

Winston Churchill's picture

Muslim brotherhood no doubt with those Egyptian names.

i'm sure they were extremely vetted by Hitlary's staff.

National security is now the laughingstock, i doubt anybody could be prosecuted ever again.


Dugald's picture


Any of you guys old enough to remember the   Goonshow....!!!

Paper Mache's picture

Probaby recommended by Humus. She''s got connections to Muslim Brotherhood. Hang them all very high, so the crowds can see at the back.