Behold, the well-timed information leak

Marine One. The super sexy helicoptor specifically designed to shuttle the President around.

I see it every now and again in the DC area. Prett-tay sexy.

Of course, then there’s the VH-71 program. Over budget by a mile, but making Marine One even sexier.

This being a budget year, and the economy being in the pits, the VH-71 program is in the sights to be axed as an example of procurement gone wild. But now, throw this into the stew.

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.

Of note? Maybe. Maybe not. Depends on the detail of the blueprints and whether or not they can used to identify a vulnerability. My question is, which set of blueprints? Are they for the current Marine 1 airframe, or for the VH-71 airframe in development?

Why is it important? I wouldn’t be surprised to see somone taking this news and using it as a crutch to keep the VH-71 program hobbling along. After all, the plans for the current helucopter are compromised, so we better go with the new, secure ones, right? All the better to protect the President.

Spare no expense and all that.

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