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Bluebox Labs Releases Free Android Malware Analysis Tool

Dexter helps researchers and enterprise security teams analyze applications for malware and vulnerabilities

SAN FRANCISCO – March 12, 2013 – Bluebox Labs, the research division of Bluebox Security, a stealth startup tackling enterprise mobile security, today announced the availability of a free tool, Dexter, to help researchers and enterprise security teams analyze applications for malware and vulnerabilities. The Dexter platform provides detailed software architecture information presented through a rich, web-based user interface. Bluebox's core focus is on creating an IT solution for mobile data thievery and has developed Dexter to assist its own research efforts. Enabling the identification of malware is a part of Bluebox Labs ongoing initiative to share valuable insights on mobile application security with the broader community.

"The increasing popularity of the Android platform has resulted in an explosion of applications, but with shortened development cycles, many are released without proper security analysis – this often leads to undetected malware making it to market along with the app," said Jeff Forristal, Bluebox Chief Scientist and lead researcher, Bluebox Labs. "Our mission at Bluebox Labs is to understand the most critical mobile threats and vulnerabilities. Through Dexter we are able to share this understanding with the community, giving developers greater insight into their applications."

Key features of Dexter include:

A free interactive Android software analysis environment

Collaboration features to help development teams identify vulnerabilities that can be exploited by malware

Analysis capabilities include:

heuristic result enrichment,

a flexible tagging system, and

an API for automated processing/extending.

Dexter delivers unprecedented visualization into applications with extensive graphing capabilities, as well as automated analysis on the application code, resolving cross-references of methods to strings and methods. For more information, or to try Dexter for free, visit https://dexter.bluebox.com.

About Bluebox Labs

Bluebox Labs was founded with a goal of protecting and enabling mobile users. Led by renowned "bug hunter" and hacker, Jeff Forristal (Rain Forest Puppy), the Bluebox Labs team includes a sophisticated group of researchers with deep expertise in mobile (Android and iOS), network and application security who have come together to help educate the security community on the most critical mobile threats facing users today.

About Bluebox Security

Bluebox Security is a stealth startup focused on enterprise mobile security. Backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Sun Microsystems co-founder, Andreas von Bechtolsheim, SV Angel and Google Board member Ram Shriram, Bluebox Security is headquartered in San Francisco. For more information visit www.bluebox.com. Follow us on Twitter @blueboxsec.

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