Feeds

Facebook slurps PrivateCore - 'cos your selfies need locking up

Might not result in mass experiments on users, at least this time...

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Facebook has just bought out the security firm PrivateCore in a bid to keep your selfies that little bit safer.

Although the exact terms of the deal have not been publicly announced, Facebook has promised to incorporate the smaller firm's tech into its own stacks.

Joe Sullivan, Facebook’s chief security officer, said: "I’ve seen how much people care about the security of data they entrust to services like Facebook.

"We finished implementing HTTPS encryption by default over a year ago, and have also been working to secure all data center traffic with additional protections. In that vein, I’m really excited that Facebook has entered into an agreement to acquire PrivateCore."

PrivateCore might sound like a smut site, but it is, in fact, a provider of security systems for servers which was founded in 2012 and is based in Palo Alto. Its vCage software is designed to guard against malware and unauthorised access by a miscreant in the real world, making it safer to run applications in the cloud.

Oded Horovitz, CEO of PrivateCore, said Facebook and his own firm had an "aligned mission".

Which doesn't mean both firms want to creepily gather reams of personal data and flog it to advertisers, as you might think, or conduct odd experiments on hapless users. Who would suggest such a thing?

Instead, Horovitz said, the pair are committed to developing "secure server technology to help make the world’s connections more secure".

He added: "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." ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?
Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’
Catapult me a Mojito, I feel an Digital Innovation coming on
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else
Spill those Android secrets, or we’ll fine you
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.