P2P Network Leaks: The VH-60N Helicopter

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VH-3D (top), VH-60N(click to view full) P2P Intelligence firm Tiversa claims that in Oct/Nov 2008, it traced a file that contains details regarding the VH-60N Presidential Helicopter’s CAAS avionics architecture, and some program financial data, on public-access peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing networks. On Feb 25/09, the file was found on the IP address of an Iranian computer. Subsequent reports indicate that the employee in question was a high-level executive, but the breach took place outside the company’s offices. This means the data may have been on a home computer when it was leaked. The information was shared over a P2P network called Gnutella, which is actually an open source standard used by a number of file sharing programs. Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, an adviser to Tiversa, offered this quote to several media outlets: “We found where this information came from. 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.” Bob Boback, Tiversa CEO, said to NBC affiliate WPXI in Pittsburgh that: “When downloading one of these file-sharing programs, you are effectively allowing others around the world to […]

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