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Acquired by Symantec Corporation in 2008
Founded 1999 (1999)
Headquarters Gloucester, England
Products Email, web and Instant Messaging security

MessageLabs was a company, founded in 1999 by brothers Ben and Jos White and partners,[1] providing cloud based software as a service integrating messaging and web security services. MessageLabs provided a range of managed security services to protect, control, encrypt, and archive communications across Email, Web, and Instant Messaging.

On October 8, 2008 Symantec announced the acquisition of MessageLabs for a cash sum of £310 million plus US$154 million. The deal closed on November 14, 2008.[2]

The White brothers, along with MessageLabs' financial director Stephen Chandler, invested a share of their proceeds in establishing Notion Capital.


In 2005 Messagelabs acquired Omnipod.[3]

In 2006 MessageLabs ended a strategic partnership with ScanSafe, a competing security company, with the release of an in-house web security product titled Web Security Service Version 2. A resultant court judgment brought about by ScanSafe required MessageLabs to notify all prospective clients that the Version 2 service is not based on ScanSafe technology.[4]

In 2007 the company split from Star Technology Services, the original founder of MessageLabs.[5]


  1. ^ Doidge, Fleur (2008-10-28). "MessageLabs brothers get £100m Notion". CRN. Retrieved 23 November 2013.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Symantec Completes Acquisition of MessageLabs". Symantec. 
  3. ^ "MessageLabs to buy OmniPod for IM security". CNET. 
  4. ^ "ScanSafe forces MessageLabs to clarify sales pitches". Out-Law. 
  5. ^ "MBO splits Star and MessageLabs". The Register.