Google ‘Bouncer’ Scans Android Market for Malware

Android Market LogoGoogle released Bouncer service which 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.

The service performs a set of analyses on new applications, applications already in Android Market, and developer accounts.

Here’s how it works:

Once an application is uploaded, the service immediately starts analyzing it for known malware, spyware and trojans. It also looks for behaviors that indicate an application might be misbehaving, and compares it against previously analyzed apps to detect possible red flags.

Google run every application on Google’s cloud infrastructure and simulate how it will run on an Android device to look for hidden, malicious behavior. Google also analyze new developer accounts to help prevent malicious and repeat-offending developers from coming back.

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