VirusTotal just announced today that they have been bought out by Google. HIP HIP HOORAY!
I personally am super excited to see what comes from the service from here on out. For those of you who might not know, virustotal.com is a wonderful site to start out analyzing malware. You can upload a malicious file or URL and it will do a quick analysis of the content, providing information on the hash values, exports and imports, metadata and more, while scanning it against 42 of the leading security vendors to determine what it gets detected as, if anything. Now that it is owned by Google, I see so much more potential for the service. Funding is everything now-a-days, and we all know Google basically owns everyone and everything. More funding can bring more (and better quality) services, better tools and more reliable data now that they have Google’s resources at hand.
What I told a coworker today was that VirusTotal is like my shy best friend I go to for advice before I take action. Google is like that friend I can’t get rid of, so I use them for what they can give me. Now that these two have meshed, my friend group just became stronger.
This is so exciting and I’m anxious to see what becomes of Virus Total in the future. Who knows…maybe Google will be coming out with their own AntiVirus one day in the near future.
Check out the blog post by VirusTotal to see what they have planned: