Twitter Acquires Android Security Specialist Whisper Systems
Article by George Norman
On 30 Nov 2011
Twitter, the incredibly popular micro-blogging and social networking site, made a new acquisition recently. Twitter acquired Whisper Systems, company that specializes in coming up with security software for mobile devices and more to the point security solutions for the Google-developed Android mobile operating system. Whisper System’s products focus on safeguarding device data, network connections, backups, and calls – and they’re all in Beta. It is believed that Twitter will improve the security of its products following this acquisition.

The Whisper Systems development team was the one to let the public now about the acquisition. The team explained that by joining Twitter, Whisper Systems’ technology and expertise will become an integral part of the products and services Twitter has to offer. What the Whisper Systems development tem did not mention is how much Twitter paid for the acquisition.


The upside is that with the acquisition of Whisper Systems, Twitter will beef up its security; I remind you that Whisper Systems specializes in security software for the Android operating system. The downside is that Whisper Systems’ products and systems will temporarily go offline while ownership is transitioned to Twitter.

“The Whisper Systems software as our users know it will live on (and we have some surprises in store that we're excited about), but there is unfortunately a transition period where we will have to temporarily take our products and services offline. RedPhone service will be interrupted immediately, but FlashBack users have a month to pull off any backup data they would like before that service also goes offline,” said the Whisper Systems development team.

As mentioned above, the Whisper Systems team made the news about the acquisition public. Twitter has not said anything about the acquisition for now. It’s hasn’t responded to request from the media either. So to sum it up, we know that Twitter bought Whisper Systems, that Whisper Systems is an enterprise-grade security provider for Android devices, that Whisper System’s technology and expertise will be transferred to Twitter, and that Whisper System’s products and service will go offline during the transition.

Tags: Twitter, Whisper Systems, Security, Android, Google
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