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Facebook picks up server outfit Privatecore to secure user data

Social netwotk gets serious about security
Fri Aug 08 2014, 10:06

SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has bought secure server outfit Privatecore, as it looks to make user data more secure.

While Facebook isn't known for its security credentials, it seems that the firm is trying to change that, with Privatecore - a company that authenticates and secures server data - having announced on Thursday that it has been picked up by the social network for an undisclosed sum.

Privatecore CEO Oded Horovitz said on the company's website, "Facebook has done more than any company to connect the world, and we want to use our secure server technology to help make the world's connections more secure.

"Since the beginning, we have worked tirelessly on our technology to protect servers from malware threats, unauthorised physical access, and malicious hardware devices. Working together with Facebook, there is a huge opportunity to pursue our joint vision at scale with incredible impact.

"Over time, Facebook plans to deploy our technology into the Facebook stack to help protect the people who use Facebook. We know we will learn and grow as we continue developing our technology and making it stronger."

Facebook has yet to elaborate on its latest acquisition, but a spokesperson told The INQUIRER in a statement, "Privatecore and Facebook share a vision of a more connected, secure world.

"We plan to deploy Privatecore's groundbreaking technology into Facebook's server stack to help further our mission to protect the people who use our service."

While Facebook is looking to make user data more secure, this acquisition comes just weeks after it found itself in hot water with its users, having admitted that it purposefully manipulated users moods without their knowledge, as part of a psychology experiment. µ


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