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Watch Steve Wozniak tell Conan he coded something like Mac viruses

March 8th, 2016 at 6:55 AM
Steve Wozniak Mac Viruses Conan

Wearing an Apple Watch, Steve Wozniak appeared on Conan last night and – unsurprisingly – defended Apple in the case against the FBI. That’s hardly surprising, considering that Wozniak is a co-founder of both Apple and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) – the latter recently explained why Apple is right to advocate strong encryption.

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Woz labeled the case the FBI picked to go to war against Apple as the “lamest” case possible, explaining that computers need the kind of strong security that Apple is defending in its duel with the FBI.

Most surprisingly, Wozniak went on to explain that in his lifetime he created two Mac viruses that would spread from Macintosh to Macintosh computer, but he added that destroyed that code immediately, as that’s not something you want to let out.

Wozniak did not explain when or why he created “something that could be a virus” and spread itself on Macs forever, but he made a pretty compelling case that such a program is not something you’d want to let out – watch the clip below.

Meanwhile, the Apple vs. FBI battle is in full swing, as each side is making its case in front of the public, but also authorities including Congress and courts. Most recently, Apple software chief Craig Federighi explained why strong encryption is a must-have feature of modern devices.

According to recent polls, the public opinions favors Apple, but the company scored important victories both in Congress and in courts in the preceding weeks. Furthermore, the most important companies in tech today, and a large number of privacy advocates have sided with the iPhone maker in amicus briefs that were already filed with the court.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.




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