VirusTotal, originally just a partner of Google’s, has recently been acquired by the Mountain View, California giant. While no official plans have been announced as to what google plans to do with the free online virus scanning service, VirusTotal has released a statement:
Our goal is simple: to help keep you safe on the web. And 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. So we’re delighted that Google, a long-time partner, has acquired VirusTotal. This is great news for you, and bad news for malware generators, because:
- 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.