Google acquires cyber security startup VirusTotal

  • Google has bought cyber security startup VirusTotal in a move that could boost protection for its Internet services.

    The acquisition of VirusTotal, which aggregates warnings on submitted files and websites from most antivirus solutions such as Intel Corp's McAfee and Symantec Corp, could ramp up the search engine giant’s ability to get rid of infectious content from Gmail, social network Google+ and even the pages it shows search users.

    VirusTotal operates by accepting requests for virus checks and then distributing the results to security vendors.

    The results include the documents and websites submitted and the service is seen as a valuable source of information by the security industry.

    Google did not disclose the amount it paid for VirusTotal.