A few media sources seem to be picking up a press release from the University of Michigan.
This reports on “CloudAV,” a project and series of papers about having antivirus etection run “in the cloud” rather than on the PC.
As usual, there seems to be some misunderstanding about what is going on here. CloudAV is not really a new approach, it is simply the use of multiple scanners, which the AV research community has advocated for years. It’s like having a bunch of scanners installed on your desktop, or a system like Virustotal, with the exception that the scanners run on different computers so you get a bit of performance advantage (absent the bandwidth lag/drain for submitting files to multiple systems).