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Diversinet Establishes New Program for Wireless Vendors to Deliver Secure Mobile Commerce in Hong Kong.

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TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 28, 2001

Diversinet (NASDAQ:DVNT)

New "OneWPKI" Initiative Simplifies the Challenges of

Secure Mobile Commerce

Diversinet Corp. (NASDAQ:DVNT), a leading provider of mobile commerce (m-commerce) security infrastructure solutions, today announced that it has launched a new and unique initiative that will make secure m-commerce easier for enterprises, application developers, and consumers in Hong Kong.

The initiative, branded OneWPKI, brings together mobile operators, wireless security services, and wireless applications under one roof for a straightforward and cost-effective secure wireless infrastructure. The core elements linking this cooperative union of technology and service providers are Diversinet's highly efficient, mobile digital certificates and the services supporting these certificates.

Businesses looking to offer secure mobile applications and services have been faced with the problem of having to support multiple operator and security platform combinations. By attaining widespread support for Diversinet's digital certificates from mobile operators and a well-recognized public Certificate Authority, the OneWPKI initiative eliminates the need for enterprises to incorporate multiple security technologies into their applications. This will provide enterprises with significant cost savings, while reaching more customers and meeting the security expectations of those customers.

"We are pleased to see the OneWPKI model supporting the mutual authentication of users and wireless application servers, enabling a secure environment for wireless stock trading," said Mr. Roger Lee, Senior Vice President of E-Business and Information Services at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited. "OneWPKI will make it easier for brokers and mobile operators to offer secure wireless stock trading services without worrying about compatibility."

Under the OneWPKI initiative, enterprise customers and consumers who require digital certificates to conduct secure mobile transactions will be able to obtain these certificates and related services through any participating mobile operator. Having mobile operators act as Registration Authorities will make registration more convenient for the end-user. Additionally, mobile operators will also benefit, as it will enable them to offer their customers secure m-commerce services, while adding new revenue streams through the introduction of new services.

"The proposed combination of recognized trust infrastructure and wireless security technologies in the OneWPKI program provides the participating enterprises with a means to address the risks associated with validating the parties involved in wireless transactions and safeguarding confidentiality," said Andrew Watkins, Partner, Global Risk Management Solutions, PricewaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong. "Ultimately, the establishment of an effective trust framework is a key enabler for the successful deployment of mobile Internet business in Hong Kong."

The OneWPKI program is already underway with several leading mobile operators and enterprises currently piloting the program. The pilot program will test the OneWPKI environment with the Hongkong Post's new Mobile e-Cert Certification Authority infrastructure (see August 16, 2001 press release: Diversinet and Hongkong Post to Deliver Mobile Certification Services to Hong Kong), supporting digital certificate registration over PDAs and GSM phones through multiple Registration Authorities.

"Everyone's been waiting patiently for mobile commerce to really take off, but with multiple components needed, it takes a big-picture vision to bring all of the components together so that everyone will win," said Nick Darwish, Vice President of International Markets. "That is why Diversinet has spearheaded the formation of a complete wireless community to make PKI-level security widely accessible to enterprise customers."

Software Development Kits (SDK) for trial of the OneWPKI program are available from Diversinet. For more details, please visit: http://www.diversinet.com/partners/onewpki/trial.shtml.

About OneWPKI

Diversinet has formed OneWPKI, a unique wireless Public-Key Infrastructure program, to help simplify the challenges of Registration Authority and secure mobile commerce application implementation in the Hong Kong wireless market. The objective of the OneWPKI program is to bring Operators and Enterprises together to ease the road to secure wireless deployment and make advanced wireless security easy for both the enterprise and the end-user.

For more information on how to become a member of OneWPKI, please visit: http://www.diversinet.com/partners/onewpki/onewpki.shtml.

About Diversinet Corp.

Diversinet is enabling mobile e-commerce (m-commerce) services with its wireless security infrastructure solutions. The company has been confirmed by the Yankee Group (reference; The Yankee Group Report: Wireless/Mobile Technologies, Vol. 1, No. 7, September 2000, by Emily Williams and David Berndt), as having the leading product technology for the delivery of end-to-end wireless security infrastructure solutions to wireless device makers, ASPs and operators, application software developers and network infrastructure providers. For more information on Diversinet, visit the company's web site at www.diversinet.com.

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" for forward-looking statements. Certain information included in this press release (as well as information included in oral statements or other written statements made or to be made by the company) contains statements that are forward-looking, such as statements relating to anticipated future revenues of the company and success of current product offerings. Such forward-looking information involves important risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect anticipated results in the future and, accordingly, such results may differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the company. For a description of additional risks and uncertainties, please refer to the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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