Twitter snaps up mobile start up firm

by CXOtoday Staff    Nov 29, 2011

Twitter has acquired San Francisco-based mobile security firm Whisper Systems for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition is expected to boost the micro-blogging service’s mobile offerings.

Whisper Systems offers security solutions for Android phones. The solutions provide full disk encryption, network security tools, firewall and encrypted text messaging. The company co-founded last year by security experts Moxie Marlinspike and Stuart Anderson.

“Now that we have been acquired by Twitter, we are looking forward to integrating our technology and our expertise into Twitter’s products and services,” read statement on Whisper’s blog.

The acquisition comes at a time when there has been a rapid increase of mobile malware, particularly on the Android platform.

A McAfee report released last week found that Android OS for smartphones has been attracting an increase in malware attacks. As per the report, malware aimed at Android had increased 37 percent since the second quarter.

Twitter has been on a buying spree this year with the acquisitions of TweetDeck, AdGrok; analytics company BackType, and social media data analytics startup Julpan.

This is the first security-based acquisition by the company who has been facing its share of security concerns. One of the recent cases of attack was in September when hackers tapped into the Twitter account of NBC News.