Twitter Acquires Malware Protection Company

Dasient, an Internet Security Company (malware protection company), through its blog announced that the company has been purchased by Twitter. Moreover, the Dasient’s team is moving to Twitter in order to join their ‘revenue engineering’ team.

Dasient released a statement confirming that it is bringing its ‘technology, tools and team’ to Twitter’s revenue engineering. The following is a extract taken from original statement:

Since its inception, Dasient has been focused on solving web-scale security problems involving malware and other types of online abuse. In 2009, Dasient launched its web anti-malware platform, capable of scanning URLs and websites for the presence of harmful content.In 2010, Dasient launched the industry’s first anti-malvertising service to protect ad networks and publishers from the scourge of malicious ads. Over the last year, we have been very active in securing the ads and content of the some of the industry’s largest ad networks and web sites.

The company further states that joining Twitter will let it to apply those malware protections to the ‘world’s largest real-time information network.’ From now on, Dasient will not operate as a separate entity and currently winding down its business to become a part of Twitter.

As for Dasient, it is a security company founded by former Googlers Neil Daswani, Shariq Rizvi and Ameet Ranadive. The company was backed by Google Ventures until early last year. Cloud-based software is also developed by the company to protect websites from malware attacks and describes that it focuses on advertising. This also hints that the acquisition is basically Twitter’s attempt to broaden its self-serve advertising efforts.

This is not the first time that Twitter has acquired any company. It has already taken over summarization tool Summify last week. In addition to this, Twitter has also acquired AdGrok, a company with an Adowrds-style product back in May 2011. The acquisition was described by Brad McCarty as “all about resonance and relecance.”


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