FireEye hack portends a scary era of cyber insecurity

What happens when a top cyber-security company whose job is to protect its clients from hackers is itself hacked and its tools of the trade stolen?

FireEye, an American company specialising in digital warfare, said on Dec 8 that its servers had been hacked. PHOTO: AFP

BLOOMBERG - Unless you're an information technology guru, or someone whose professional duties include protecting computer networks from cyber attacks, you may not have heard of FireEye, a little company in Milpitas, California, specialising 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.

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