Google has developed various tools to check the apps published on the Play Store, but the results are not always the desired ones. The Mountain View company has therefore decided to found the App Defense Alliance together with three partners: ESET, Lookout and Zimperium. The goal of the alliance is to block infected apps in advance.
Google claims that fighting against so-called "bad actors" is yours priority main, but at the same time is aware that there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure maximum security and protect users against possible attacks. Many industry experts already provide their help, but the App Defense Alliance will further enhance the collaboration. ESET, Lookout and Zimperium they will provide their skills and tools to identify malware as quickly as possible. Android it is installed on over 2.5 billion devices, so it represents a very attractive target for the bad guys.
The number one objective is to guarantee the security of the Google Play Store, detecting potentially harmful apps (PHA) and blocking publication. The "scan engines" of the three partners will be integrated into Google Play Protect. Their technologies exploit a combination of machine learning and static / dynamic analysis to detect infected apps. Using multiple heuristic engines at the same time can yield better results.
Google partners will be able to send requests to the Play Protect service to scan apps. Google Play Protect will also send requests to ESET, Lookout and Zimperium scanners. This will happen before the apps are published on the Play Store.