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Woz sides with Apple over FBI, says shooter’s iPhone is “worthless”

by Jacob Kleinman | March 8, 2016March 8, 2016 12:00 pm PDT

Steve “Woz” Wozniak is the latest public figure to weigh in on the FBI’s recent demands for backdoor access to an iPhone owned by one of the San Bernadino shooters. In a recent interview on Conan, Apple’s co-founder argued that the company is right to refuse the request, adding that it likely wouldn’t reveal any important information anyway.

Wozniak notes that there’s little reason to believe the iPhone in question contains new evidence.

“They picked a lame case,” he said.” “They picked the lamest case you ever could, the two phones owned by the people who aren’t even convicted terrorists. Didn’t have one link to a terrorist organization. Verizon turned over all the phone records, all the SMS messages, so they want to take this other phone that the two didn’t destroy that was a work phone. It’s so lame and worthless to expect something is on it and get Apple to expose it.”

Woz also notes that it’s never worth creating a dangerous piece of software, especially in this context. Wozniak says there were several times in the past that he tried making a Macintosh virus of his own but always made sure to destroy it completely.

“I was so scared inside because you do not want to let something like that out,” he said. “Once you create something like that, there’s a good chance hackers will get into it.”

You can watch the entire clip above. It mostly focuses on information other experts have already covered, but it’s still nice to hear these words coming from the mouth of one of Apple’s creators.

Conan (YouTube)

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...