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Of course Android can be hacked, so what else is new?


Where do people get this stupid idea that something, anything, is unhackable? They surely don’t get it from anyone who’s ever worked with security. We know anything can be hacked. Take, for example, this silly story entitled “‘Unhackable’ Android phone can be hacked’ from last week.

Uh, I hate to tell you this, but I don’t know of anyone reputable who ever claimed Android, Google’s Linux-based embedded operating system for phones, netbooks, and tablets, was unhackable. Sure, Android’s sandboxed security model is better than say the built-in by design insecurity you find in Windows, but so what? That doesn’t mean Android is perfectly safe. Nothing is.

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