IW: What about mobile devices? Microsoft this week announced a new version of Windows Mobile. Are platform companies going to repeat the same mistakes they made on the desktop?
PK: I think Microsoft is certainly following the path it followed with the PC, though the security problems haven’t caught up yet because mobile devices aren’t worth hacking yet.
There’s an inflection point that people almost never recognize until they hit it. It’s the point at which a system becomes worth attacking. You hit the threshold when someone figures out that they could make more money attacking your system than by doing whatever it is they’re doing and after factoring in the risks. At that point, the dynamic changes completely.
As you take mobile devices and put more functions on them, someone will wake up and realize that they can make $15 million hacking them, as opposed to the $80,000 to do their current job. We just don’t know whether that will be this year or 10 years from now.
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