Earlier this week a ZDNET blogger discovered links to what seemed like spam sites within an eBook that he had purchased in the Kindle store.
This made us wonder if an eReader could get corrupted if you downloaded an eBook with bad links. We went to Q&A social networking site Quora and posed the question to software engineer Guido Bartolucci, who spent almost a decade as Senior Software Engineer at Amazon.com. We asked: “Is there any risk of an eReader getting corrupted if a Kindle file contained malicious links?”
Bartolucci responded: “Yes, it is certainly possibly, just like it’s possible for your computer getting corrupted from following a malicious link. But it’s very unlikely as the Kindle is running a locked down version of Linux and the reader software doesn’t do much.”
So while it doesn’t seem like it is likely to happen, the possibility still exists.