Google Buys More Web Security

Google Incorporated has acquired anti-malware firm Green Border for an undisclosed sum. A Google spokesperson said the company will not disclose additional terms of the deal, but added that GreenBorder's engineers will help build products and features that will benefit Google's users, advertisers and publishers. GreenBorder Web site that states, "GreenBorder Technologies, Inc. has been acquired by Google, Inc. We will continue to support our existing customers through the end of their current subscriptions."

GreenBorder produces technology that separates the browser context from the operating system context by creating what is essentially a virtualized browser instance that can then be used to identify malware without impacting the underlying system. Every interaction with the Internet is done under the protected environment. It is not yet known how Google will integrate the GreenBorder technology with its own, though it may have something to do with Google's Toolbar that includes Safe Browsing technology, also a key part of the Firefox 2.x browser.

News source: InternetNews

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This is very similar to the tech that MS is developing, especially with IE and Microsoft Office (file conversion that could contain macros).