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article imageTwitter acquires mobile security, privacy firm Whisper Systems

By Andrew Moran     Nov 29, 2011 in Business
San Francisco - Twitter has acquired the mobile security firm Whisper Systems for an undisclosed amount. Whisper Systems is a very small company – two employees – and was founded by security experts, Moxie Marlinspike and Stuart Anderson.
Whisper Systems is a mobile security company that offers Flashback, encrypted backups for the Android, and RedPhone, end-to-end encryption for outgoing calls made on the Android smartphone.
The company only has two employees, Moxie Marlinspike and Stuart Anderson, both security experts. Marlinspike is the author of several cyber security tools, such as SSLstrip. The duo announced in a blog post Monday that they were being acquired by Twitter.
“We ended up tackling the full stack — all the way from application-level solutions at the top of the stack, down through a hardened version of Android, to kernel modifications at the bottom of the stack. Along the way we learned a lot, and developed products that we're proud of,” wrote Whisper Systems.
“Now that we're joining Twitter, we're looking forward to bringing our technology and our expertise into Twitter's products and services.”
Twitter will now use Whisper to enhance its security for the company’s micro-blogging service and have two well-known Internet security experts. Wired Magazine ponders that Twitter brought on Whisper because they are labeled as not having the best security system, especially for a successful website like Twitter.
Although Twitter has not officially stated what they plan to do with Whisper, they have noted that they are improving its engineering team with Anderson and Marlinspike.
“As part of our fast-growing engineering team, they will be bringing their technology and security expertise to Twitter's products and services. We're happy to have Moxie and Stuart onboard,” wrote Twitter in an email to Reuters.
Twitter did not reveal acquisition price, and further declined to disclose anymore information regarding the deal.
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