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AVG buys US identify theft house

AVG Technologies, the company formerly called Grisoft and now probably best known for its free PC anti-virus package, has signalled an intention to broaden its security footprint with the acquisition of Sana Security and its identity theft prevention software.

Headquartered in Redwood City, California, Sana also provides AVG with its first offices in Silicon Valley.

Sana was founded in 2000 and sells products under the Primary Response brand. Its software uses algorithms that learn normal application behaviour by tracking the code paths that develop as desktop and web applications interact with each other.

It detects system vulnerabilities when applications start to follow unexpected paths. 

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In a statement the company said that Sana’s technology complements AVG’s existing portfolio by “delivering continuous threat detection and automatic removal of malicious software”. Integrated products are being slated for the second quarter of the year.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. AVG claims a base of 80 million customers.

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