As previously reported exclusively by The Daily Caller, “FBI agents seized smashed computer hard-drives from the home of Florida Democrat Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s information technology (IT) administrator.“
Even though Imran Awan took hammers to the hard-drives in order to destroy evidence, authorities are most likely able to recover the data. Experts say the data can easily be recovered in a matter of days and law enforcement has most likely already read what was on those seized hard-drives.
Another fail for Imran Awan following his arrest at Dulles airport after he wired $300,000 to Pakistan.
The Daily Caller reports:
Somebody must have thought they were hiding something by smashing those computer hard-drives the FBI recovered from the home of Imran Awan, Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s former information technology (IT) aide.
But odds are excellent they were wrong. Federal law enforcement authorities may have already recovered and read whatever was on those hard drives.
“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,” said Tom Hakim, engineering supervisor for werecoverdata.com, a New York-based lab that specializes in difficult digital retrieval.
“In most cases, it’s very likely” the information on a smashed hard drive can be recovered “in two or three days, maybe a week,” Hakim said.
His lab, which does extensive work for law enforcement and Fortune 500 corporations, has also recovered data from disks that were in fires and that had been submerged in water.
TGP also previously reported that former Chairman of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz threatened the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with ‘consequences’ for holding equipment that she says belongs to her in order to build a criminal case against a Pakistani IT staffer suspected of massive cyber-security breaches.
Imran Awan also possessed the password to DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz’s iPad when DNC emails were leaked to Wikileaks.