From Daily Finance:

Some social critics say companies that lay off employees are doing permanent damage to themselves. After all, they’ve spent years training the workers they’re casting aside. Moreover, they may be abruptly discarding a great deal of institutional memory.

It turns out there’s another cause for concern: Laid-off workers could be a valuable source of information to corporate spies. Such spooks have been known to stage fake job interviews to ferret out information about a former employer’s ways and future plans. Even still-employed workers “can be surprisingly candid about their own company when they think they’re interviewing for a job,” writes Politico correspondent Eamon Javers.

At its best, Javers’s uneven, intermittently absorbing new book, Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage, exposes a little-known world of black ops, eavesdropping, and corporate skullduggery. But the book is marred by an elastic definition of corporate espionage, stretched to include everything from routine financial investigations to ordinary detective work conducted by Kroll Associates. Worse, the volume’s historical chapters are poorly researched and larded with extraneous detail…