During an appearance on Conan O’Brien’s show, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has backed Apple in its fight with the FBI over the agency’s request that it unlock the iPhone at the center of the San Bernardino shooter investigation, Woz warned that “once you create it, there’s a chance hackers can get into it”.
Wozniak appeared yesterday on late-night TBS talk show Conan to share his thoughts on the high-profile case, asserting that the FBI had “picked the lamest case they ever could: the two phones owned by the people who aren’t even convicted terrorists and have not one link to a terrorist organization”.
Verizon turned over all the phone records and SMS messages. So they want to take this other phone that the two didn’t destroy – which was a work phone – and it’s so lame and worthless to expect there’s something on it and to try and force Apple to expose it.
Woz is also a co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the non-profit organization that fights to protect digital rights, so it’s no surprise that he’s supporting Apple’s battle to protect the privacy and security of its users.
A couple of times in my life, I tried writing something like a virus that could spread itself between Macintosh computers. And each time I threw away every bit of code I’d written. I was so scared inside, because you do not want to let something like that out. Once you create something like that, there’s a good chance hackers will get into it.
In the following videos, Woz also talks about the “blue box” he created to hack international phone calls, how he left Hewlett-Packard to start Apple, the Apple I and why it was priced at $666.66, and getting his degree at Berkley.
Apple’s opposition to the order that would require it to help the FBI break into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone will face off against the government in court on March 22.
Steve Wozniak backs Apple’s fight against the FBI