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