Google quietly snaps up internet security firm VirusTotal for an undisclosed amount

Having recently wrapped up the Motorola Mobility acquisition, Google’s now moving onto different pastures and spending its cash elsewhere – more specifically on an outfit known as VirusTotal. And, as the internet security company confidently points out, the deal is “great news for you, and bad news for malware generators because Google’s infrastructure will ensure that our tools are always ready, right when you need them.” As for the Android creator, well, let’s just say it, too, is happy to have the VirusTotal team aboard – who, in the process, joins the likes of Sparrow and QuickOffice as part of Mountain View’s most recent purchases. Google’s official response on the matter can be found below, courtesy of The Next Web.

Security is incredibly important to our users and we’ve invested many millions of dollars to help keep them safe online. 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.


What is VirusTotal

VirusTotal, a subsidiary of Google, is a free online service that analyzes files and URLs enabling the identification of viruses, worms, trojans and other kinds of malicious content detected by antivirus engines and website scanners. At the same time, it may be used as a means to detect false positives, i.e. innocuous resources detected as malicious by one or more scanners.

VirusTotal’s mission is to help in improving the antivirus and security industry and make the internet a safer place through the development of free tools and services.