… while report says Iran stole Obama chopper info

Iran is said to have stolen a vital engineering and communications information about ‘Marine One’,US President Barack Obama’s official helicopter...

Written by Press Trust Of India | Washington | Published: March 2, 2009 1:04 am

Iran is said to have stolen a vital engineering and communications information about ‘Marine One’,US President Barack Obama’s official helicopter,through a computer security breach,a media report said on Sunday.

Quoting Internet security firm Tiversa,American news channel WPXI has reported the company discovered the security breach that led to the transfer of military information to an Iranian IP address.

According to WPXI,the information is said to include planned engineering upgrades,avionic schematics,and computer network information,and it was the company’s CEO who found a file containing Marine One’s blueprints and avionics package.

“What appears to be a defense contractor in Bethesda,Md,had a file-sharing programme on one of their systems that also contained highly sensitive blueprints for Marine One,” the CBS news quoted the company’s CEO,Bob Boback,as telling the WPXI,NBC’s affiliate in Pittsburgh.

Tiversa,which makes products that monitor the sharing of files online,has claimed that the files were transferred probably through a peer-to-peer file-sharing network,such as LimeWire or Bear Share,and then compromised.

Peer-to-peer file sharing is a popular way for people to swap digital files on their hard drives over the Internet.

LimeWire and Bear Share are only a few of the several services operating on P2P networks.

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