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.
FireEye chief executive Kevin Mandia disclosed on Tuesday that his company's servers had been hacked. Given that the company is a go-to enterprise for governments and corporations bloodied by hackers and rely on FireEye to defend or rescue them by identifying and blocking breaches, Mr Mandia's disclosure is revealing.
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