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Google App Verification Service Detects Only 15% of Infected Apps 99

Posted by samzenpus
from the low-expectations dept.
ShipLives writes "Researchers have tested Google's app verification service (included in Android 4.2 last month), and found that it performed very poorly at identifying malware in apps. Specifically, the app verification service identified only ~15% of known malware in testing — whereas existing third-party security apps identified between 51% and 100% of known malware in testing."
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Google App Verification Service Detects Only 15% of Infected Apps

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  • False positive rate? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by gman003 (1693318) on Monday December 10, 2012 @11:39AM (#42242585)

    I wonder, what's the false positive rate on these "third-party" systems? It's easy to make a system that detects 100% of malware as malware - just deny everything.

  • Bias? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 10, 2012 @11:49AM (#42242683)

    The "researchers" tested the service a few days after it's release, and compared it with other similar apps that had months, if not years time to polish and get up to date?

    Will they follow up in 6 months? Doubtful, since the results would put Google near the lead, and this article looks like anti-Google.

    What happened to researchers these days? Where's the objectivity?

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"