Over the weekend Google has announced that it’s purchased the cyber-security company VirusTotal for an undisclosed sum of money. Virus Total uses 44 different antivirus products and scan engines to check for viruses that the user’s own antivirus solutions may have missed in their searches.
VirusTotal providers users with a free service that analyses suspicious files and URLs and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware.
Currently their website is still up and running and at the present time Google has not amounted plans for the new purchase. VirusTotal explained in a press statement:
“VirusTotal will continue to operate independently, maintaining our partnerships with other antivirus companies and security experts,” the startup said in a blogpost announcing the acquisition. We’ve worked hard to ensure that the services we offer continually improve. But as a small, resource-constrained company, that can sometimes be challenging.”
It will be interesting to see how Google uses the new purchase to help improve its services, keeping viruses and malware at bay, as more information is announced we will keep you updated.
Source: Computer World
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