Finally, Google is ready to fight bad apps that are constantly appearing on the Play Store and disturbing its users. The multinational giant is joining hands with three leading cybersecurity and technology firm to form a new alliance named App Defense Alliance.
The partnership between Google, ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium is aiming at eliminating the bad apps from Play Store and building robust protection to resist such apps. In other words, it will “stop bad apps before they reach users’ devices.”
The Growing Bad App Challenge On Play Store
Having more than 2.5 million users, Play Store is a fertile land for malicious app makers and hackers. Plus, an innumerable number of apps coming on a daily basis is not facing a thorough scrutinization. Several times Google’s Play Store has been attacked by bad players and detected after millions of downloads. Even though it is not a rare phenomenon, many incidents have occurred in recent months.
ESET researchers had reported a year-long adware campaign Google Play Store, and over 8 million people had downloaded the affected apps. Similarly, a report of 72 harmful apps with over 335 million installs also came to light in another research. Many other stories are also in the bad apps line.
How Is App Defense Alliance Going To Tackle The Issue?
The alliance is primarily focusing on the pre-publishing phase of apps. Google will examine the to-publish apps with the help of the partners who are masters of endpoint protection.
Google will integrate Google Play Protect detection systems with each partner’s scanning engines to bring new app risk intelligence. All partners in the alliance will check the apps based on data. Besides, the researchers of the three partners have several times exposed the fake apps on the Play Store.
“We believe working together is the ultimate way we will get ahead of bad actors. We’re excited to work with these partners to arm Google Play Store against bad apps,” Google wrote in its blog.
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