Report: Obama helicopter security breached
Pa. company says blueprints for Marine One found at Iran IP address
NBC News and msnbc.com
updated 8:55 p.m. ET, Sat., Feb. 28, 2009
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.
Gee, I wonder where this is going?
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.
Uh,Oh Astro! Them baddies could be using the tubes to gain sensitive info on what kind of fruits and vegetables Barry likes.
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.
WOW! They did their job!
"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.
Wait for it! Here it comes!
Someone from the company most likely downloaded a file-sharing program, typically used to exchange music, not realizing the potential problems, Boback said.
Of course it (the unidentified program conveniently) HAD to be from music downloads (even though that wasn’t confirmed). But let’s take a page from the Bush/Cheney Fear Mongering Institute of Fascism and imply that was the case. Nice job, Boback. Are you a Ranger or Pioneer?
"When downloading one of these file-sharing programs, you are effectively allowing others around the world to access your hard drive," Boback said.
‘When downloading one of these file-sharing programs…?’
No. Do you really know what you’re talking about! AFTER you download it; AFTER you INSTALL it; AFTER you run it WITHOUT a FIREWALL, ANTI-SPYWARE, ANTIVIRUS software and a few other special programs only available to the government…only then can the baddies get into it from that program. BTW, Boback. They can even get in without any file sharing program on the computer if the morons than run the company don’t take precautions. But you knew that, right? And if not, maybe it’s time for you to become educated or step down since that was an extremely asinine, incompetent fear-mongering statement!
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.
I guess good spyware and Firewall programs cost too much to install for Contractors! Or maybe they just don’t know how to use them? And they could have included another few million in the bid for a couple of hundred dollar programs, but then, they couldn’t scare the public, could they? Amazing that I have better protective programs than the Government?
Here’s a suggestion: Wes, tell that Maryland contractor to…GET SOME DAMN 10TH GRADER TO INSTALL A FIREWALL AND ANTI-SPYWARE, YOU MORON!
"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.
(I’m sure none of our allies does this kind of stuff! You know, like England, France, ISRAEL (oops! Can’t offend our “We’re the only ones in the world picked on” eastern Med “friends!” Only the bad guys!)
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.
Imagine that? And all from ONLY ptp programs! Good thing Windows (XP and Vista) and especially Outlook are SOOOOO secure and bug and hack free! That way only music file sharing programs can be used for such intrigue!
Maybe, just maybe the government and contractors should stop using the internet! Would that be too obvious? Remember the U.S. Postal Service, couriers, secret agents?
Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pa., said he would ask Congress to investigate how to prevent this from happening again.
Gosh! Gee Gol-lee Sgt. Carter. Shazam! Maybe we should regulate the tubes to prevent this from happening! That way, incompetent contractors and fascist Senators, Representatives and Presidents can continue to monitor American’s private information – for National Defense, of course. And just because that information is made available to third party business partners and winds up in the hands of other countries like, Pakistan, Yeman, Qatar and China, I’m sure they would never use it against us. Suck on some more lead encrusted toys or melamine imbued food and think on that, Barry!
BTW, Altmire is as close to being a “Blue Dog Democrat” as one can get. This may be the excuse he and Diane and others are looking for to regulate the internet!
And yes, that’s a theory. And no, I don’t want to hear any whining from our resident CT complainer. Go elsewhere and take your little dog with you.