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Microsoft: Buying Spyware Firm Fastest Path To Anti-Spyware


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Posted 22 December 2004 - 08:17 AM

Microsoft acquired anti-spyware technology because it was the quickest way to put something into users' hands, an executive at the Redmond, Wash.-based developer said Tuesday in Microsoft's monthly wide-ranging discussion hosted by the company's head of security.As part of the monthly Security360 Webcast, Gordon Mangione, a corporate vice president of Microsoft's security unit, said that last week's buy of anti-spyware technology from Giant Company Software was prodded by customers' concerns over spyware's impact on system security and performance. "The acquisition was the fastest way to provide that," said Mangione. Mangione also said that Microsoft had evaluated all the anti-spyware providers in the market, and come to the conclusion that Giant's was the best available... ...Among the things that Microsoft liked when it looked at Giant's anti-spyware efforts, said Mangione, were its real-time protection -- which keeps spyware from infiltrating the system -- and the ability of users to see what's been installed or changed on their machine. "SpyNet was another important reason," said Mangione. SpyNet was Giant's term for the online communality which took submissions of suspected spyware from users, examined them, and then rolled out signatures to defend systems.
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