BlackBerry to crush app malware with help from Trend Micro

BlackBerry has announced today that they're teaming up with Trend Micro to help combat malicious applications in their BlackBerry World. With the launch of BlackBerry 10 already underway, BlackBerry will be using Trend Micro's Mobile Application Reputation Service to scan all 70,000 current and all future applications in their World, adding to the existing and proprietary methods BlackBerry has in place for combating malicious activity.

The Mobile Application Reputation Service has apparently already scanned over 2 million mobile apps, and uses cloud-based technology to scan the code of applications for any potential malware or data leaks. It also has the capability to detect code that could potentially cause excess use of battery or system resources: information that will hopefully be used to slap developers into making efficient apps.

With this announcement, BlackBerry joins a list of companies with strong protection methods in place to prevent mobile app malware; a list which includes both Apple and Microsoft, who require apps to be certified before the appear on the App Store and Windows Phone Store respectively. On the other side of the fence, Google's open system for the Play Store could create a problem in the future, with Trend Micro predicting over 1 million pieces of Android malware to appear in 2013.

Source: Engadget | Image via The Verge

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Wow, BB is trying hard and I wish all the best, but Trend Micro? cant they just team up with more robust guys like the one who rocks on av test and all.. anyway it seems good

They are not talking about running AV software on the blackberry for real-time protection. They are talking about using it to analyze the behavior of the apps before they are approved to make sure there is nothing sneaky going on in the background.

Sri Saravana said,
Wow, BB is trying hard and I wish all the best, but Trend Micro? cant they just team up with more robust guys like the one who rocks on av test and all.. anyway it seems good

Right, there was Kaspersky, ESET, Symantec even Macafee, as all these guys are in top chart..

Why Trend Micro ??

I remember, back in P-III / P-IV days, every Inter motherboard used to come with Trend Micro product and they were rubbish since then

Choto Cheeta said,

Right, there was Kaspersky, ESET, Symantec even Macafee, as all these guys are in top chart..

Why Trend Micro ??

I remember, back in P-III / P-IV days, every Inter motherboard used to come with Trend Micro product and they were rubbish since then


Trend Micro was rubbish before, but in those days it started to turn out pretty good. In the time i've used it, it was surprisingly lightweight (untill the first bloatware update few years ago, but it cleaned up quite well over time). never encountered issues on my system, and neither on other people's systems when problems ocure. Besides Panda the other major AV's always seem to give more trouble then they are worth.
But thats just my experience, maybe someone at BB shares it