Yesterday I showcased an interview with investing legend Roger McNamee, managing director and co-founder of Elevation Partners but what I didn’t mention was the following comment he made, “I don’t trust Android because some 16-year-old kid in the Eastern Bloc presses a button and erases everyone’s hard drive.”
McNamee also made a call to short Google as a pairs trade with buying Apple the day before the stock of the search leader dropped almost $50 or 8% after missing their earnings number.
But just as interesting is another big piece of news which has to do with Skype responding to an Android vulnerability which has to do with unencrypted SQLite information on the device which can be accessed by malicious software. Of course the challenge is – what software is malicious – it certainly isn’t advertised as stealing data in its description in app stores. Moreover, in this case, the issue seems to be Skype not setting file permissions appropriately to avoid data from being hijacked.
Of course when I read about the controversy I thought of the comments about the 16-year-old kid.
And at a time when Android is so popular – in fact in South Korea there is an antitrust complaint against the company – one wonders, what happens if McNamee is right and the platform isn’t so secure?
But then again, any platform with a degree of openness and massive adoption is a major target of hackers and if our experience with Microsoft products is a solid guide, we can expect more Android vulnerabilities to surface and potentially frequent patches to be released to counteract them.