A former Lockheed Martin project manager for a US Coast Guard patrol boat contract has resorted to whistleblowing through a YouTube video. After raising his concerns to his managers, senior management, legal and the CEO of Lockheed Martin. He talked to the Navy and to his congressmen. Finally, after no results, he put up a video of the dangerous security flaws in all of the Coast Guard patrol boats up on YouTube - and got results.
The security concerns he raised:
- A camera surveillance system for the boats has two huge blind spots allowing anyone to sneak onboard and enter the bridge undetected.
- The navigation equipment is required to survive environmental conditions that it fails well before reaching. The threshold is -40 degrees and the navigation equipment stops working at -5 degrees. These boats are stationed all over the world, so this is significant in many ports.
- The secure communications system for these boats is not secure and can be listened in easily.