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Google Acquires Security Startup Impermium

by: Bryon Turcotte  /  January 16, 2014

Impermium, the California-based security firm, recently announced that they had joined the Internet giant Google to amplify the icon's efforts in the battle against "spam and abuse, "according to a recent article published by Network World. Mark Risher, Impermium's CEO, and co-founder was quoted in the article to say, "By joining Google, our team will merge with some of the best abuse fighters in the world." Risher's company is known to have _"defended its customers against account hacking, account compromise, and other threats_, "according to the report.

The article states that "'acqui-hiring_" is a common practice of some technology firms to "_add talented engineers to their staff_. " It has not been clarified, according to this report, if this recent acquisition was based on this trend or if Google was interested in the "_technology_" alone. The article indicated that the acquisition was confirmed by Google and noted that the company "_did not disclose terms of the deal." Officers from both companies were quoted in the article with welcoming statements and optimistic predictions for the union.

Risher was quoted further in the article saying, "As sites gain in popularity, criminals and miscreants are never far behind, and Impermium has worked hard to defend some of the largest and fastest-growing sites." The article states that Risher had no comments regarding Impermium's "current customers_"but expressed his thanks to "_customers and investors." Bradley Horowitz, Google's vice president of product for Google+, was quoted in the article to have welcomed Impermium on Twitter and commented further about the acquisition on his Google+ page by saying, "_Impermium should fit right in._."

Learn more about this acquisition and read about what other plans Google has for the future in the full article at

Written by Bryon Turcotte  /  January 16, 2014