Twitter Releases Whisper Systems' TextSecure Android Code Under Open Source Licence

Twitter has confirmed plans to release security technologies developed by Whisper Systems, which it acquired last month, under an open source licence.

The microblogging company acquired security company Whisper Systems, which specialised in security utilities for Google's Android, last month, leaving a question mark hanging over the future of technologies developed by the company.

Now, Whisper Systems has confirmed that at least one of its projects will remain available: TextSecure, a secure text-messaging client for Android handsets.

"We've always been interested in the ability for individuals and organizations to communicate freely and securely. In the year and a half since Whisper Systems launched TextSecure, we've received an enormous amount of thanks, feedback, and encouraging stories from users who have employed TextSecure towards those ends," the company explains in a statement.

"We hope that as an open source project, TextSecure will be able to reach even more people, with an even larger number of contributors working to make it a great product."

The source code has already been made available on the GitHub collaborative version control service.