Report: Iran stole Marine One Specs From Defense Contractor

March 1, 2009

(ChattahBox) — An Internet security company that monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing networks discovered a potentially serious security breach involving President Obama’s helicopter, Marine One, NBC affiliate WPXI in Pittsburgh reported.
Tiversa, headquartered in Cranberry Township, Pa., reportedly discovered a security breach that led to the transfer of military information to a Tehran Iran IP address, according to WPXI. The information is said to include avionic schematics, planned engineering upgrades, and computer network information.

The channel quoted the company’s CEO, Bob Boback, who said Tiversa found a file containing the 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,” Boback told WPXI.

Boback speculated that what probably happened is someone at the defense company began using a file-sharing program without realizing it could leak sensitive and classified documents because the programs can allow others to access your hard drive.

The files probably were transferred through a peer-to-peer file-sharing network such as LimeWire or BearShare, then compromised.


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