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Symantec buys WholeSecurity's phishing forecast technology

Symantec is acquiring anti-phishing software company WholeSecurity to improve its anti-fraud product line-up.

Symantec is acquiring anti-phishing software company WholeSecurity to improve its anti-fraud product line-up.

WholeSecurity’s customers include eBay, Deutsche Bank and Visa, and the acquisition is expected to be completed next month, for an undisclosed sum.

Symantec already offers anti-phishing capabilities through its Brightmail anti-spam products, but Symantec is keen on acquiring WholeSecurity’s behavioural-based threat detection technology.

This technology analyses the characteristics and actions of viruses, worms and other malicious code to predict threats and protect customer networks in advance of threats being unleashed online.

Symantec's product set already contains similar technology, but the company says WholeSecurity’s behavioural system is more accurate.

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