VirusTotal acquired by Google

Google has been improving its security arsenal for the past few years, especially with the development of its Chrome browser. The five star service (our opinion), VirusTotal, a product by Hispasec, is now going to be shared with Google.

The security intelligence from the Hispasec Sistemas s.l will be an awesome addition to the backbone of Google security. Although, terms of the deal between the two have not been disclosed. It’s important to note that the company was not acquired, just the product.

VirusTotal is a file scanning service, which checks files against a little over 40 anti-malware/antivirus scanners. In addition, it also provides a website scanning service, which is able to check sites for malware, among exploits, etc.

Much of the data that VirusTotal indexes and processes is also shared with the security companies, in a way to boost online security aggressively.

As VirusTotal said in their blog post on the acquisition:

  • The quality and power of our malware research tools will keep improving, most likely faster; and
  • Google’s infrastructure will ensure that our tools are always ready, right when you need them.  

“Security is incredibly important to our users and we’ve invested many millions of dollars to help keep them safe online,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. “VirusTotal also has a strong track record in Web security, and we’re delighted to be able to provide them with the infrastructure they need to ensure that their service continues to improve.”

The last awesome acquisition by Google was the reCAPTCHA deal.

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