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Google Targets Android Malware with AI-Powered Detection

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Google is all set to revolutionise Android security with its innovative live threat detection service.


This AI-powered system, announced at the Google I/O developer event, is designed to proactively scan apps for any malicious activity.


The service works by examining various signals related to an app's use of sensitive permissions and its interactions with other apps and services. If the system detects any suspicious behaviour, Google Play Protect springs into action. It can send the app to Google for further review, warn users who have installed the app, or even disable the app if necessary.


What sets this service apart is its use of Google's Private Compute Core (PCC). Introduced in 2022, PCC is an Android privacy infrastructure that provides an isolated data processing environment within the Android operating system. This means the new live threat detection feature can protect users without collecting their data.


 

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The system is set to be deployed later this year on Google Pixel devices, with other manufacturers such as Oppo, Honor, Lenovo, OnePlus, Nothing, Transsion, and Sharp soon to follow suit.


This service is a significant step towards making Android users feel more secure when downloading and using apps from Google Play. It's important to note, however, that users would prefer malicious apps to be detected during the app review process itself, a focus area for Apple's App Store.


In addition to the live threat detection service, Google is also planning to hide one-time passwords from notifications to reduce fraud and spyware attacks. Furthermore, Android 13's restricted settings will require additional user approval for enabling app permissions when sideloading apps onto their device.


In conclusion, Google's AI-powered live threat detection service is a promising development in enhancing Android security, all while respecting user data privacy.



 

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