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Twitter Buys Whisper Systems, May Enhance Security of Platform & Apps

Microblogging giant Twitter has moved to acquire mobile security start-up Whisper Systems in order to give a boost to its security mechanism for smartphone users.

Twitter, which has more than 100 million users, said that the acquisition will help the company provide greater security and privacy to its users. The company didn't divulge any financial details about the acquisition.

Whisper Systems was founded by Moxie Marlinspike and Stuart Anderson, both of whom will be joining Twitter's development team and help in enhancing the security on the platform.

The company makes software which is capable of encrypting voice calls, text messages and data on smartphones, making them inaccessible to hackers.

"The Whisper Systems team is joining Twitter starting today. 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." Twitter said in a statement reports Wired (opens in new tab).

"We started Whisper Systems with the goal of improving security and privacy for mobile devices", stated the development team of Whisper Systems (opens in new tab) in a post. "We were attracted to this not only because we saw it as an opportunity to reinvent the security solutions that never really worked in the PC environment to begin with, but also because the stakes are much higher - due to the nature of mobile devices themselves - and we didn't like the way that things were looking", the team added.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.