Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has admitted he wrote code for a Mac virus. The reveal came during a recent interview with late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien, where Wozniak was defending Apple in the midst of the current FBI investigation into the San Bernardino shootings.
According to the Daily Mail Online, Wozniak’s exact words were, “A couple of times I wrote something that could have been a virus. And each time I threw every bit of code I’d written.”
The code he claims to have written and destroyed could have been potentially damaging to Mac users. Wozniak’s fear was that others would use it for nefarious purposes if the code ever went public. Let’s hope he did a thorough job of making it disappear.
Wozniak made these comments just days after Mac users were targeted for the first time by a ransomware campaign. The ransomware, called KeRanger, is malicious software that infects Mac computers through a tainted copy of the torrent program Transmission. It then encrypts files so they can’t be accessed by the user until unlocked for a handsome ransom of one Bitcoin, or $400.