Google’s Motorola Mobility Taps U.S. Defense Agency for Talent

April 15, 2013

Google Inc. (GOOG) hired a top cybersecurity official from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known for developing technologies that helped create the Internet and stealth fighter plane.

Peiter Zatko is one of several officials the Motorola Mobility unit of Mountain View, California-based Google has hired from the Pentagon office.

The division, which develops consumer mobile devices and related software, hired Zatko to work on its Advanced Technology and Projects team, Gabe Madway, a company spokesman, said in an e-mail today.

Zatko served as a Darpa program manager from March 2010 until this month, managing cybersecurity programs that funded startup companies and helped develop technologies to detect threats and defend military networks, the agency said in an e-mail today.

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