Defensio acquired by Websense

by Rob Lewis

StartupNorth and Techcrunch reported earlier today that Montreal's Karabunga, Inc. - the company behind spam blocker Defensio - has been acquired by Websense. Founder Carl Mercier will join Websense as a director of software development and blogged about the transaction today:

This is obviously a big day for us and we are very excited to be teaming up with one of the Internet’s leading security companies.

So what does this mean for you, our beloved users?  You can take comfort in knowing that that we currently have no plans to change the existing service — so just go ahead, keep using Defensio and keep spreading the good word.  It is definitely here to stay and will remain free for personal bloggers.

Congrats to Mercier and team. Looks like we'll have to take them off the Montreal Startup Index for February 2009.

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Karabunga is a small web software development shop with offices just outside of Montreal, Canada. We pride ourselves on refusing to accept the status quo, preferring instead to build web apps that change the world in small, but important, ways. We're the people behind, a new blog spam filtering web service that eliminates the burden of comment spam. We think it will make you love... more

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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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