Liz Gannes

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Twitter Buys Security Hacker’s Android Start-Up

Twitter has acquired Whisper Systems, a small mobile security start-up, for its “technology and expertise,” according to the Whisper Systems blog (via The Next Web).

The company was founded last year by security hacker Moxie Marlinspike (pictured) and robotics researcher Stuart Anderson. It offered software for Android phones that secured user data, created firewalls and encrypted calls and texts.

Whisper said its products would “live on” post-acquisition but would be taken offline for the moment.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik