Federal Terrorist Investigators Raid Boston-Area Software Company

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A software company whose clients reportedly include the FBI was raided early Friday by Customs agents as part of a terrorist investigation, a federal law enforcement official.

The company, Ptech Inc., says its clients also include U.S. Naval air systems, the U.S. Air Force, NATO, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Department of Energy.

ABC News reported that the company was raided in the middle of the night by Customs agents. According to the report, the raid was coordinated by the White House.

A federal law enforcement official who spoke to The Associated Press confirmed the raid.

"We're investigating whether a businessman on the list of alleged or potential terrorist financiers is a part-owner of the firm," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "The question is whether there is a potential for U.S. government computer systems being compromised.

"For example, does the software company have the ability to access computer systems using knowledge of the software?" The list of alleged or potential terrorist financiers is compiled by the Treasury Department.

Messages left with Quincy-based Ptech were not immediately returned, and no one could be seen at the company's office.

Boston FBI spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz said she had no immediate comment.

A spokesman at U.S. Customs in Washington said information about the case was being handled by the U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts. The U.S. Attorney's Office did not have an immediate comment.

--Pete Yost contributed to this story from Washington.

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