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Google secures GreenBorder in quiet buy
Published: 2007-05-30

Search giant Google quietly bought up GreenBorder Technologies earlier this month in an acquisition that some company watchers have speculated signals a future security offering.

The deal, which reportedly closed earlier in May, gives Google access to GreenBorder's virtualization technology, which allows Internet browsers to run in a sandboxed environment to prevent malicious code from interacting with a user's PC. The only notice of the deal appeared to be a statement on GreenBorder's support site.

"GreenBorder Technologies, Inc. has been acquired by Google, Inc.," the statement said. "We will continue to support our existing customers through the end of their current subscriptions."

A Google spokesperson confirmed the deal closed in mid-May, but gave few other details about the acquisition.

"We believe the expertise of GreenBorder's small, talented team of engineers will greatly benefit our users, advertisers and publishers," the spokesperson said in a statement sent to SecurityFocus.

Google has increasingly focused on adding security to its search results, including warning searchers that a site may be hosting malicious JavaScript or other code and helping pinpoint malicious sites on the Internet. Some bloggers have speculated that the company could offer a security service, much like Microsoft's Windows OneCare or Symantec's Norton 360. (SecurityFocus is owned by Symantec.) However, the search giant could be looking to merely better secure its online applications, such as Google Desktop, which has had to deal with data-leaking bugs in the past.

News of the purchase came the day that Google notified investors of a preliminary investigation by the Federal Trade Commission into its previously announced purchase of DoubleClick.

Financial details of the GreenBorder acquisition were not disclosed.

UPDATE: The article was updated at 8:30 a.m. PDT with a statement from Google. The original article was published at approximately 7:00 a.m.

Posted by: Robert Lemos
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