Google's joins Gang of Four to guard Play Store apps from malware, and maybe not fail so much

Google's joins Gang of Four to guard Play Store apps from malware, and maybe not fail so much

The App Defense Alliance posse will scrutinize Android app code before release


Google, after more than a decade of dealing with Android malware, has formed an alliance with three security companies to help it defend its mobile platform.


The Chocolate Factory on Wednesday announced the App Defense Alliance, by which partners ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium will be able to scan Android apps submitted to Google Play prior to approval and distribution.


In a blog post, Dave Kleidermacher, VP of Android Security and Privacy, said the partnership involves integrating Google Play Protect malware detection systems with the scanning engines of its three partners.


"This will generate new app risk intelligence as apps are being queued to publish," said Kleidermacher. "Partners will analyze that dataset and act as another, vital ..