Sensitive details about Obama’s helicopter “Marine One” found on a computer in Tehran
It’s yet another stunning story of a very high profile computer security breach, in which an Internet Security Company has claimed that it has found the engineering and communication details about Marine One, helicopter of President Barack Obama, on a computer in Tehran. In the story reported by WPXI, NBC's affiliate in Pittsburgh, Tiversa, the company that monitors P2P networks has claimed that the significant details about Marine One were stolen and transferred to a computer in Iranian capital.
According to WPXI, Tiversa, which is headquartered in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, has found security breach involving the stealing of significant military information about Marine One and transferring it to an Iranian IP address. The information includes engineering and communication details about Marine One, including planned engineering upgrades, avionic schematics, and computer network information.
Bob Boback, CEO of Tiversa, which produces products that monitor the sharing of files online, said, “We found a file containing entire blueprints and avionics package for Marine One. … What appears to be a defense contractor in Bethesda, MD had a file sharing program on one of their systems that also contained highly sensitive blueprints for Marine One.”
According Boback, the files probably were transferred through a peer-to-peer file-sharing network such as LimeWire or BearShare, then compromised.
Boback said, “It’s no accident the information wound up in Iran. The Countries like Iran, Pakistan, Yemen, Qatar and China are actively searching for information that is disclosed in this fashion because it is a great source of intelligence.”
Wesley Clark, retired Gen. and an adviser to Tiversa, said, “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.”
Rep. Jason Altmire said he will the ask Congress to investigate the sensitive matter.
Tiversa’s Sam Hopkins elaborated, “Everybody uses (P2P). Everybody. We see classified information leaking all the time. When the Iraq war got started, we knew what U.S. troops were doing because G.I.’s who wanted to listen to music would install software on secure computers and it got compromised. … We see information flying out there to Iran, China, Syria, Qatar–you name it. There’s so much out there that sometimes we can’t keep up with it.”