VirusTotal improves virus detection tool for Mac and iOS malware




VirusTotal recently added a new tool to better identify suspect Mac files and iOS apps. The tool seeks primarily to identify unique properties of a file in order to facilitate the analysis.

In the case of Mac files gathers VirusTotal now include header information of the file in which specific information is available. The program is now looking to file segments, shared libraries, load commands and any digital signatures.

In iOS apps look the antivirus program not only to the functionality of the apps, but also metadata generated by itself. These are data which relate to the software package itself. Additionally VirusTotal will now iTunes detail along in the scanning process, writes the company in a blog post.

The update, which was quietly introduced two weeks ago, VirusTotal hopes better threats for Mac and iOS devices to detect. Moreover, the company has been focusing more on particular Mac viruses; previously released earlier this year from an uploader, which allows OS X users to upload suspicious files to the company’s server for a scan.

VirusTotal is a subsidiary of Google, the Internet giant took over two years ago for an undisclosed sum. The subsidiary focuses on developing anti-malware tools for use on the Internet, making use of more than fifty anti-malware engines.

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