Malwarebytes has acquired US firm Zero Vulnerability Labs, adding its flagship ExploitShield browser protection service to its anti-hacker arsenal.
Malwarebytes chief executive officer, Marcin Kleczynski, confirmed the acquisition had finalised, promising the new technology will help the company offer enterprise customers increased protection against browser based attacks, like drive-by-downloads.
"I am very pleased to announce the acquisition of Zero Vulnerability Labs and to welcome its employees to the Malwarebytes team," said Kleczynski. "We are always looking to improve upon our existing offerings, and have done so with the addition of Zero Vulnerability Labs' technology. The proactive nature of this technology makes it a great addition and complement to the existing Malwarebytes software suite."
Zero Vulnerability Labs is a security firm that specialises in vulnerability, exploit and security research and development. Its flagship ExploitShield service is available in both corporate and browser editions.
Both editions offer customers protection against basic attacks from exploit kits like Cool and Blackhole. The corporate edition offers firms more robust protection against more sophisticated file format-targeted attacks, media format-targeted attacks and advanced stealth-targeted attacks.
MalwareBytes confirmed said it has already created a new improved version of ExploitShield with new features. The new version has been rebranded as Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit and is available for a limited time through the Zero Vulnerability Labs website.
The financial details of the purchase were not revealed.
Despite the lack of clarity, co-founder and chief of executive officer of Zero Vulnerability Labs Pedro Bustamante welcomed the acquisition, promising the team up will help the two firms offer firms more robust protection from hackers.
"We are excited to be joining the Malwarebytes team and to work to advance the latest anti-exploit R&D efforts, which we started at Zero Vulnerability Labs," he said. "It is a great fit between two companies who are fighting malware in innovative and effective ways in order to protect both users and companies from the most dangerous and complex types of attacks."
The acquisition of Zero Vulnerability Labs comes during a period of expansion for MalwareBytes. Prior to it Kleczynski confirmed to V3 plans to expand into the mobile sector, releasing a new Android protection tool by the end of the year.
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