Google’s Finally Cracking Down on Android Malware

3 Feb

Google has announced a new security mechanism, a new feature to the Android Market named Bouncer, which will scan the available apps for malware without troubling developers or interfering with user experience at all.

Bouncer, wrote Android engineering VP Hiroshi Lockheimer on the company blog, “provides automated scanning of Android Market for potentially malicious software without disrupting the user experience of Android Market or requiring developers to go through an application approval process.”

Bouncer works on a few levels. When a new app proceeds, they are analyzed to see if any malware, spyware and trojans are carried in with them.  It also makes an comparison of the operation of the app, how is it compares to similar apps that have been problems in the past. And finally, it analyzes new dev accounts to see if they’re just old malware hawkers coming back around (how that last part works is less clear).

It sounds like a great step toward ridding the Market of problem apps, and seems to be working so far. It’s been in effect for “a while now,” and while there’ve been a number of high profile alarms over the past several months, Google claims there was a 40 percent drop in malware activity from the first to the second half of 2011. Do with that what you will, but in any case, a more secure Android Market is only good news. [Google]

Source: gizmodo

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