Bitdefender has unveiled App Anomaly Detection.
The company says it the industry’s first real-time, behavior-based protection layer.
Found on Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android, it continuously detects anomalous and malicious behaviour in Android applications as it emerges.
The number of malicious and compromised Android applications available for download in popular app stores continues to grow as cybercriminal groups increasingly leverage the malware as a service (MaaS) model.
Bitdefender research identified dozens of Android applications totaling millions of downloads in the Google Play store in the last year alone that turned malicious after users installed them, with some acting as delivery mechanisms for mobile banking trojans that steal users’ login credentials.
Bitdefender says its App Anomaly Detection is a novel technology integrated into the Bitdefender Malware Scanner to provide an additional layer of protection by continuously monitoring and detecting any malicious behaviors and alerting the user if it detects something suspicious.
Designed to help safeguard Android mobile users’ data, financial assets, and identities from fake or malicious applications, the company says the App Anomaly Detection protects users from known and unknown (zero-day) attacks that result in financial loss, account takeover, and identity fraud.
Bitdefender App Anomaly Detection uses a combination of machine learning models, real-time behavior scanning, reputation systems, and other data points to continuously monitor and immediately detect the moment an application turns from benign to malicious. In this way, Bitdefender App Anomaly Detection protects users even when they have unknowingly installed a dangerous app that runs dormant for a period of time or a seemingly trusted app that breaks its functionality and turns rogue – all with minimal impact on battery life.
“Cybercriminals exploit users’ inherent trust of popular app stores to get more downloads and spread their mobile malware further,” said Ciprian Istrate, senior vice president of operations, Consumer Solutions Group at Bitdefender. “While behavior-based detection technologies have been available on desktop platforms, Bitdefender App Anomaly Detection marks an industry first for the Android ecosystem, that takes malware protection to a new level capable of protection consumers against increasingly sophisticated mobile malware, scams, and trojan applications.”