Google Snaps Up Security Firm VirusTotal
The search engine leader Google shores up security credentials with the acquisition of malware detection specialist VirusTotal.Search engine giant Google continued its efforts to bolster security credentials with the acquisition of VirusTotal, which provides a free service analyzing suspicious files and URLs and helps detect viruses, worms, Trojans and other malware. The announcement was made via a VirusTotal blog post, which expressed excitement about the deal and reiterated its dedication to keeping computers from threats. "We're delighted that Google, a long-time partner, has acquired VirusTotal. This is great news for you, and bad news for malware generators, because: The quality and power of our malware research tools will keep improving, most likely faster; and Google's infrastructure will ensure that our tools are always ready, right when you need them," the blog post reported. "This is an exciting step forward. Google has a long track record working to keep people safe online and we look forward to fighting the good fight together with them."
The announcement also explained VirusTotal would continue to operate independently and would maintain partnerships with other antivirus companies and security experts. The platform acts as an information aggregator, which accrues the output of different antivirus engines, Website scanners, file and URL analysis tools and user contributions. The malware signatures of antivirus solutions present in VirusTotal are periodically updated as they are developed and distributed by the antivirus companies.