By Jaikumar Vijayan
July 29, 2009
Details about a U.S. Secret Service safe house for the First Family --
to be used in a national emergency -- were found to have leaked out on a
LimeWire file-sharing network recently, members of the House Oversight
and Government Reform Committee were told this morning.
Also unearthed on LimeWire networks in recent days were presidential
motorcade routes and a sensitive but unclassified document listing
details on every nuclear facility in the country, Robert Boback, CEO of
Tiversa Inc. told committee members.
The disclosures prompted the chairman of the committee, Rep. Edolphus
Towns, (D-N.Y.), to call for a ban on the use of peer-to-peer (P2P)
software on all government and contractor computers and networks. "For
our sensitive government information, the risk is simply too great to
ignore," said Towns who plans to introduce a bill to enforce just such a
Tiversa is a Cranberry Township, Pa.-based provider of P2P monitoring
services. In the past, it has served up dramatic examples of highly
sensitive information found on file-sharing networks. In January for
instance, the company disclosed how it had discovered sensitive details
about the President's helicopter, Marine One, on an Iranian computer
after a document leaked out over a P2P network.
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