This little security breach and its cause are disturbing (italics mine):
A Cranberry company that monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing networks discovered a potentially serious security breach involving President Barack Obama’s helicopter.
Tiversa employees found engineering and communications information about Marine One at an IP address in Tehran, Iran.
“We found a file containing entire blueprints and avionics package for Marine One, which is the president’s helicopter,” said Bob Boback, CEO of Tiversa.
The company told Target 11 that it 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.
Boback said someone from the company most likely downloaded a file-sharing program, typically used to exchange music, not realizing the potential problems.
“When downloading one of these file-sharing programs, you are effectively allowing others around the world to access your hard drive,” Boback said.
“We found where this information came from,” said Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, an adviser to Tiversa. “We know exactly what computer it 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.”
I think a lot of people, even those who regularly use computers and the internetz, really don’t know how they work….