Earlier this week, PayPal joined a long line of companies that sought to mock, belittle or bash Apple in marketing messages in an effort to promote competitive offerings. Focusing on the recent “Nudegate” scandal in which hundreds of nude photos and videos of celebrities were leaked as a result of iCloud breaches, Paypal posted a promotional note suggesting that because iCloud was hacked using brute force attacks, Apple’s new mobile payment service Apple Pay is not secure.
It remains to be seen if PayPal’s efforts will yield any gains, but history is not on the company’s side. So far all we’re seeing is backlash, and the latest shots at PayPal were fired by a former executive.
“Quick quiz: Which company suffers more account take-overs via phishing and other abuses, Apple or PayPal?” Keith Rabois posted from his Twitter account on Monday.
He followed that tweet with three more:
“Quick Quiz II: Is Apple more capable of destroying PayPal w/ advertising (and $30 b annual profits) or PayPal ads inflict damage on Apple?”
“Quiz III: Does PayPal or Apple still have LIVE webpages coded in 1999 that have not been upgraded security wise?”
“Quiz IV: Who has a brand that Americans love and who has a brand Americans dislike?”
Rabois, who was an early PayPal executive, went on at length on his Twitter account, and Business Insider has posted just about all of his juiciest shots. Follow the link below in the source section for more from the former PayPal exec.