@stake will improve Symantec's consulting contacts--six of the top 10 financial institutions are customers, Symantec said. Symantec also will get products to help check and recover lost passwords and to test and improve Web site security.
The deal is expected to close in October, but terms were not disclosed.
@stake was founded by members of "l0pht," one of the original "" hacker groups. Originally, such groups wanted to distance themselves from both corporations and malicious "black hat" hackers.
The acquisition won't be the first time Symantec has tapped the old-school hacker community for expertise. In 2002, BugTraq mailing list about software vulnerabilities., which runs the active
The move counters a step by one of Symantec's main rivals, McAfee, which in August. Symantec has in recent years.