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Google to scan new Play store apps for malware

Google is set to scan new Play store apps for malware.

The tech giant is looking to beef up its checks with tools from three cyber-security companies alongside its own in-house system as it makes the move to cope with the number of apps being uploaded.

As reported by BBC News, Google was formed the App Defense Alliance with security firms Zimperium, Eset and Lookout.

The four partners will established a combined scanning system to scrutinise apps as they pass through Google on their way to being offered to Android users via the Play store.

Speaking to Wired magazine, Google's vice-president of Android security revealed how important the collaboration was to the company.

Dave Kleidermacher said: "On the malware side, we haven't really had a way to scale as much as we've wanted to scale."

The latest development comes after Google announced in April it would be carrying out more rigorous checks for developers in a bid to root out "bad faith" coders behind malicious or fraudulent apps.

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