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Security Companies Hire Hackers, Ex-Spies to Fight Cyber Attacks

Finding talent from the spy industry
Computer hacker photo illustration arranged in Tiskilwa, Illinois, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.
Photographer: Daniel Acker

It's a seller's market for the cyber war's special forces.

Just ask Scott Davies, 30, who left a career snooping on Australia's enemies in December for a similar gig at FireEye Inc. Or Brian Varner, 35, who swapped a job with the U.S. Department of Defense breaking into networks in the Middle East and other hot zones to be a security engineer at Symantec Corp.