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Report: Obama helicopter security breached

Report: Obama helicopter security breached
Pa. company says blueprints for Marine One found at Iran IP address

A company that monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing networks has discovered a potentially serious security breach involving President Barack Obama's helicopter, NBC affiliate WPXI in Pittsburgh reported Saturday.

Employees of Tiversa, a Cranberry Township, Pa.-based security company that specializes in peer-to-peer technology, reportedly found engineering and communications information about Marine One at an IP address in Tehran, Iran.

Bob Boback, CEO of Tiversa, told WPXI-TV: "We found a file containing entire blueprints and avionics package for Marine One, which is the president's helicopter."

The company was able to trace the file back to its original source.

"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 said.

Tiversa also found sensitive financial information about the cost of the helicopter on that same computer, WPXI-TV reported.

Someone from the company most likely downloaded a file-sharing program, typically used to exchange music, not realizing the potential problems, Boback said.

"When downloading one of these file-sharing programs, you are effectively allowing others around the world to access your hard drive," Boback said.

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, an adviser to Tiversa, said the company discovered exactly which computer the information 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."

Boback said the government was notified immediately.

Iran is not the only country that appears to be accessing this type of information through file-sharing programs, Boback told the station.

"We've noticed it out of Pakistan, Yemen, Qatar and China. They are actively searching for information that is disclosed in this fashion because it is a great source of intelligence," Boback said.

Clark told WPXI that he doesn't know how sensitive this information is, but he said other military information has been found on the Internet in the past and should be monitored more closely.

Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pa., said he would ask Congress to investigate how to prevent this from happening again.
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So they got schematics of a Sea King and a Blackhawk? Is anything on those birds actually classified?

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So they got schematics of a Sea King and a Blackhawk? Is anything on those birds actually classified?
small avionics stuff, the radios.. thats about it

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Umm, no. Not on HMX-1. There is all sorts of shit that is top secret.

But here's the interesting thing.

The entire HMX-1 fleet VUH60 and VH3 fleet is supposed to be replaced by the VH-71 Kestrel. Lately there has been a dust up on how friggin expensive the project has gotten. There have been calls to scrap the program because the 23 helicopters have gone WAY over budget to $11.5BILLION.

Doesn't seem coincidental that the old helicopter's security has been distributed on the net..

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How does one get p2p on a computer like that?
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How does one get p2p on a computer like that?
I have no idea. Hell I can't even install a JAVA update on a DOD computer. You would pretty much have to have an administrator login to install a program, and if you have one of those you know better than to put a program like that on a DOD asset.

Unless you were trying to leak something.

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Umm, no. Not on HMX-1. There is all sorts of shit that is top secret.

But here's the interesting thing.

The entire HMX-1 fleet VUH60 and VH3 fleet is supposed to be replaced by the VH-71 Kestrel. Lately there has been a dust up on how friggin expensive the project has gotten. There have been calls to scrap the program because the 23 helicopters have gone WAY over budget to $11.5BILLION.

Doesn't seem coincidental that the old helicopter's security has been distributed on the net..
Who is complaining, the Dems dont have a problem spending our money?
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Unless you were trying to leak something.
Que? This seems like a likely scenario given the circumstances and the info that Magnus provided.

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The moron put a P2P file sharing program on his computer to most likely download music. This computer also containing top level sensitive information on Marine One. The guy should not only be fired, but also barred from having any job in the future that puts him in the vicinity of Government data.

And a good punch in the face for being a complete dolt would be a nice touch. The Network/LAN Admin should have those PCs set up to not allow installation of third party software. What an incredible lackadaisical approach to security they have for a defense contractor.

Just like allowing Obama to continue using his Blackberry.
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Great. First we can't put thumb drives into DoD computers, now we probably won't be able to go to any website but AF Portal

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That should be part of the stimulus program...computer training/updating.
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