href=”http://google.com/” rel=”homepage” target=”_blank” title=”Google”>Google has said it will now scan apps in href=”http://market.android.com/” rel=”homepage” target=”_blank” title=”Android Market”>Android Market for href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malware” rel=”wikipedia” target=”_blank” title=”Malware”>Malware. Malware in the Android market has become a bit of an issue in recent months with a new potential scare that might be affecting millions of users. Google already takes action against these malicious applications by removing them from the Android market, from users’ phones and banning the developer but that’s not enough, apparently. Google’s introducing “Bouncer,” a tool that will automate a scan for suspicious code in every single application that is uploaded to the market.
In a blogbost, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Vice President of Engineering, Android, said Google’s new Bouncer service “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.”
Describing how Bouncer works, Lockheimer wrote: “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.”