Google doesn’t have a specific “attack plan,” per se. However, they’ve long had certain recognizable elements in their products. Almost everything Google produces is made to be clean, fast, user-friendly, and secure. Security has been a driving factor in several products, including the Chrome browser, and the operating system slated for release this year which is based on Chrome.
Google has many anti-malware efforts in their products, and recently added a search page functionality that prevented users from visiting sites that seemed to have malware – unless, of course, the user insisted. These sites were bumped from any position of high rank on the SERP as well, though they could petition for re-review after resolving the issue.
It may be that Google’s most recent acquisition, Zynamics, will be used to support one of the products mentioned above. Zynamics is a reverse engineering company that examines and deciphers code, specializing in finding malicious software or elements inside executables, binary, and PDFs. Zynamics also has an extensive database of malware data which it will be bringing to the Google team.
Google gave some brief commentary on the acquisition in an email where they stated:
The Zynamics team will continue to develop innovative ways of applying their software analysis tools to protect users from malicious software. Their goals overlap with the commitment that Google has already made to ensure online security for our users.
However, they didn’t state which projects would be assigned to the Zynamics team. Some possible uses of Zynamics and its team members include offering additional support for webmasters in restoring their site from malware status, detecting site malware, securing the Chrome browser and OS against threats, finding malware automatically in apps submitted to the Android marketplace, and preventing damaging files from spreading through Gmail.