Presidential Helicopter Plans Found On Iranian Computer

03.02.09 | FL News Team

Peer-to-peer file sharing has gone way beyond swapping songs. By the millions, computer users around the world use computer networks to swap files, but that practice can be hazardous to both personal and national security.

A Pittsburgh television station, WPXI, is reporting the complete plans for Marine One on a computer in Tehran. Marine One is a helicopter that carries the President of the United States. The information was discovered by Tiversa, a company in Cranberry, Pennsylvania that monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing networks. It says the plans include engineering, communications and avionics installed aboard the presidential chopper.

Employees at Tiversa also traced the plans back to the original source, a defense contractor in Bethesda, Maryland. Retired General Wesley Clark says someone installed a file sharing program on a computer owned by the defense contractor. It is likely the employee who installed the program will lose his or her job.