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02 March 2009, 08:58

Obama's helicopter plans went to Iran

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According to a US media report, blueprints and other details of President Obama's helicopter, Marine One, were downloaded from an IP address in Iran. The breach was discovered by Tiversa, a company that specialises in monitoring P2P communications traffic. Bob Boback, CEO of Tiversa said "We found a file containing entire blueprints and avionics packages for Marine One", adding that they also found sensitive financial information about the helicopter on the same system.

Tiversa says it has tracked the file back to its source, apparently a defence contractor in Bethesda, Maryland, and believes that an employee had probably downloaded a P2P file sharing application onto a system, not realising that it could expose sensitive data to the outside world. Retired General Wesley Clark, an advisor to Tiversa added "We found where this information came from. We know exactly what computer it came from. I'm sure that person is embarrassed and may even lose their job, but we know where it came from and we know where it went."

Tiversa says that when it discovered the leak it immediately informed the US government, but say that they are noticing a number of countries apparently trawling P2P networks for possible sensitive information leaks, including Pakistan, Yemen, Qatar and China.


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