Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has admitted that she violated official information security policy – blaming the chief administrative officer in the House of Representatives for not stopping her, the Daily Caller reports.
In a May 17 appropriations hearing on Congress' administrative budget, the Florida lawmaker said she'd violated data security policies "for years and years and years."
The Daily Calller posted the audio from the hearing.
Police are investigating Wasserman Schultz's information technology aide Imran Awan for theft and funneling congressional data from members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Committee on Homeland Security and Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Daily Caller reported.
Wasserman Schultz – who resigned as Democratic National Committee chairman in July 2016 after hackers stole the DNC's emails, which Wikileaks later published – lashed out at investigators and failed to fire Awan after he was banned from the House network, the outlet reported.
In one exchange at the May 17 hearing, Wasserman Schultz asked John Ramsey, the House's information security officer: "If a member is using an application outside of the House infrastructure and the protection of the, [of] our cybersecurity network, they're in violation of House policy?"
He replies yes, and Wasserman Schultz then asked: "So members are not supposed to be using Dropbox?" Wasserman Shultz asked, to which Ramsey answered: "Not according to the policy."
"I am more than happy to admit that I use Dropbox," she said. "I have used it for years and years and years. It is not blocked. I am fully able to use it."
"So there is a vulnerability in our network in spite of the fact that you say that you've taken steps to address it," she continued. "And there is not enough of a — of a policy that — that applies across the board. And you need to make sure that you tighten up your rules and policies so that you can really take and assure us that you take seriously protecting our network."
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