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Timothy L. O'Brien

FireEye Hack Portends a Scary Era of Cyber-Insecurity

If this company’s defenses can be breached, whose can’t be?

Kevin Mandia has some bad news.

Kevin Mandia has some bad news.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Unless you’re an information technology guru, or someone whose professional duties include protecting computer networks from cyberattacks, you may not have heard of FireEye Inc., a little Milpitas, California, company specializing in digital warfare.

But you should pay attention to what happened to FireEye recently, because it speaks volumes about persistent threats to private and public security — and the high-stakes robberies that plague even the most sophisticated operators.