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Google To Use “Bouncer” To Police Android Market For Malware

Malware has constantly been a threat to Android’s practically open Android Market app store. Because Android doesn’t use as long a vetting process as Apple’s App Store Android constantly runs the risk of a few bad apples spoiling the pie (you see what I did, there?)

Well a new post on the Google developer’s blog has revealed that Google is getting proactive about malware in the Android Market.

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Google is rolling out a new service code-named “bouncer” that will police the market for malware. Google advises that this will not disrupt the user experience. Bouncer also won’t require any developer to resubmit apps.

Bouncer will check both new and existing apps for malware, looking for repeat offenders.

Google outlines how this process 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. We actually 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 said that malicious downloads were down 40% in 2011

source: Google Developers blog via 9to5Google