How is machine learning and AI helping Google identify malware on Play Store?

Google is using AI and machine learning to identify suspicious apps on Play Store by dividing apps into categories and running a check through the permissions they require from smartphones.

    Open source platforms such as Android, always face security threats. However, Google has been working on the ground to out do malware and suspicious apps on its Play Store. Several platforms have deployed Machine learning and AI to furnish various tasks. The most radical propensity of machine learning is its tendency to improve each time it carries out a task.

    Machine learning and AI is helping identify malware on Play Store

    Google has been using AI and machine learning to identify suspicious apps on Android's app store, Play Store. Google uses a technique known as 'peer grouping' to secure the Play Store. Peer grouping creates segments of similar kinds of apps and then runs a reconnaissance to look out for ones with suspicious elements. For example, if Google is looking through a group of photo editing apps it would sort out apps that require irrelevant permissions such as accessing microphone or location service since there is no for such an app to access a smartphone's microphone or location. Google then keeps a close look at such apps and identifies them to avoid any discrepancy.

    Google's security and privacy team expert Martin Pelikan explained further, "We focus on signals that can negatively affect user privacy, such as permission requests that are not related to core app functionality, and the actual, observed behaviors. For example, a flashlight app might not need access to address book of the user or the precise hardware identifier of a user's phone. The same might hold for many other apps, such as 'mirror' apps that turn on a device's front-facing camera."

    Auto Expo 2018: How Artificial Intelligence can change the face of Mobility

    It seems like there is no getting away for malware from Google's machine learning and AI.

    Read More About: google ai apps news
    X

    Stay updated with latest technology news & gadget reviews - Gizbot

    We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Gizbot sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Gizbot website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more