Blueprints and other technical information of Obama’s presidential helicopter have cropped up on Iranian P2P networks – a serious breach.
The leaked plans contained technical blueprints and full avionics package for ‘Marine One’, the presidential helicopter. This leak created quite a shock to the security community when the security firm Tiversa discovered that the files were being shared by an Iranian IP address.
Quoting Bob Boback, CEO of Tiversa :
“We found a file containing entire blueprints and avionics package for Marine One, which is the president’s helicopter. 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”
Mr. Boback believes that the information leak may be innocent in nature. Most file sharing applications, by default, share the entire contents of your hard drive or certain areas within your personal documents folder. The employee could have used P2P to software to download music or videos and ended up inadvertently sharing out sensitive information.
None the less, this is a situation that needs to be looked at seriously as people that are granted access or are responsible for the safe keeping of sensitive information should be following specific security policies.
According to Mr. Boback, appropriate authorities have been notified which are taking steps to safeguard the President – stating “They are working through a process to maintain the security of the president.”
Iran among several other nations in the Middle East regularly comb through P2P networks for sensitive information leaks such as this one. P2P networks provide a vast network with extremely easy access to nearly anything you can think of. All it takes is for someone to make one simple mistake, and there you are.