Antipathy for the devil

  @FortuneMagazine January 16, 2014: 6:57 AM ET
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Eugene Kaspersky paints a picture of the cyberworld that is "very, very gloomy," but he is often right.


One night last April, 500 cells at the Montgomery County Jail in Maryland clicked open. No convicts wandered out, and authorities brushed off the incident as a simple computer glitch. But across the globe in Moscow, the security breach sent chills through a Russian billionaire -- Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab, one of the world's biggest computer-security companies.

To Kaspersky, the malfunction proved his years of warnings: that increasingly digitized infrastructure is vulnerable to attack, including stock exchanges, power grids, and rapid-transit systems. "We are fighting with the cyber-devil," he says over a dinner of oysters, fish, and beer in Brussels in December. "We have to expect we will be fighting against very professional people."

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