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Vendors cautiously optimistic over Google buying VirusTotal

Antone Gonsalves | Sept. 12, 2012
Google expected to improve quality and power of the small company's tools, but sharing of virus samples across vendors a concern

Despite other security-related purchases, Google has shown no interest to date in launching standalone products. In 2007, Google paid $625 million for Postini and integrated its security and archiving capabilities into Google Apps. Google dropped the Postini brand this year.

Among the biggest security headaches Google faces is with its Android operating system for smartphones and tablets. The OS has become a favorite target of cybercriminals, because anyone can launch a marketplace for selling Android apps, providing lots of stores where hackers can try to hide malware.



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