Over two years ago, Simon Chester noted,
75 percent of all traffic on the Internet is due to file sharing, with 59 percent of that file sharing attributed to people swapping video files. Music tracks account for 33 percent of the file-sharing traffic. E-mail, it turns out, accounts for just 9 percent of the total traffic.
Well it turns out that all that file sharing activity is not without risk.
Tiversa, a Pennsylvania-based company that monitors peer-to-peer file sharing, revealed this week that they found a transfer of military information from a defense contractor in Bethesda, Md., to of all places, Iran.
But it wasn’t just any sensitive information, it was planned engineering upgrades, avionic schematics, and computer network information for Marine One, the helicopter used by the President.
Tiversa CEO, Bob Boback, said,
When downloading one of these file-sharing programs, you are effectively allowing others around the world to access your hard drive.
If Marine One can be hacked, ABC LLP is probably not that much more secure. Network administrators should probably monitor for peer-to-peer programs that may expose vulnerabilities to confidential client information.