A leaked report from a headhunter revealed that in the past year Qihoo 360 has been luring away talents in areas like security, browsers and mobile from its peers. This would testify the rumor that the online security safeguard was seeking to build its own search engine.

According to the report, the headhunter altogether has reached out to 292 people on behalf of Qihoo, while 109 of which were from Qihoo’s competitors. Looking into them by professions, we can understand what Qihoo is looking to work on. Out of the 109 being approached by the headhunter, 60 are developers (36 on client, 7 on mobile), 26 work on security(19 for PC, 7 for mobile), and 13 focus on products, 4 on data applications, and another 6 on others.

The report also listed out 8 competitors of Qihoo360, including Trendmicro, Kingsoft, Tencent, Baidu, Alibaba, Maxthon and Sohu.

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