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Commtouch to buy Authentium's antivirus division

Commtouch, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based OEM supplier of messaging and Web security, said Tuesday that it inked a deal to acquire the Command antivirus division of Authentium.

Commtouch expects to pay $4.6 million in cash to acquire the assets and operations of Authentium’s Command unit, but could pay up to $8 million if certain revenue targets are met through Dec. 31, 2011. The deal is expected to close Sept. 30.

Command antivirus, which includes antispyware, will be a third product line for Commtouch, which supplies technology to more than 130 security companies and service providers, including Check Point Software Technologies and Panda Security, for integration into their products.

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.-based Authentium sells its Command technology to companies such as Google, McAfee and Microsoft, according to Commtouch.

Helmuth Freericks, Authentium’s chief science officer and Command co-founder, will service as general manager of antivirus solutions at Commtouch. The rest of Command’s employees also will be joining Commtouch.

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