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February 01, 2011

The dreaded curse of openness

Several weeks ago, the chairman of Trend Micro had this to say:

"Android is open-source, which means the hacker can also understand the underlying architecture and source code. We have to give credit to Apple, because they are very careful about it. It's impossible for certain types of viruses to operate on the iPhone."

Now that Kaspersky has, ahem, joined the open source crowd - I worry that hackers may soon be able to understand the operation of anti-virus software as well. And beyond that unthinkable point, only darkness looms.

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