A Tennessee-based engineer is accused of stealing $90,000 worth of government radio technology, creating a “critical compromise” of communications systems impacting 17 Air Force facilities, according to a search warrant.
The breach could also impact FBI communications, according to the warrant, which was obtained by Forbes.
The government was tipped off by a contractor working with the Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma, Tenn., and recently raided the engineer’s home.
The engineer, 48, who has not been charged with a crime, was not identified by Forbes.
During the raid on the Air Force engineer’s home, authorities found an open computer screen showing the suspect was running radio programming software “which contained the entire Arnold Air Force Base communications system,” Forbes reported.
Authorities also said they found evidence that the engineer had access to FBI and Tennessee state agencies, although they did not elaborate on what information may have been compromised.
Neither the Pentagon nor the FBI has commented publicly on the search warrant.