Cybersecurity Is the New Atom Bomb, Says Apple Co-Founder

In an interview on Australian TV news show Lateline, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak stated that cybersecurity is the greatest threat known to man since the atom bomb, one which is getting “worse and worse year by year.”

Steve Wozniak, the man who co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs back in the early 1970s has stated that cybersecurity is the greatest threat that mankind is facing presently.

He compared it to the atomic bomb, a threat which he described as a very real scenario in his early days.

We used to fear the atomic bomb when I was young and you’d walk off from school and sirens would go off for a test on every corner. Just – I mean, those were incredible days of fear from something.

And now, we fear all the cyberattacks and hacking.

Pointing to the possibility of hacking exploits, some which resulted entire power grids being taken offline in Ukraine, Wozniak added: “Could they really take out our electrical system, turn off our internet? How far can it go?”

Furthermore, Wozniak opined that cybersecurity is getting worse every year, instead of the other way round.

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The former Apple executive and tech veteran also supported the stance of the technology giant in its stand against the FBI and the US government in refusing to build a backdoor for an iPhone.

“I don’t think it’s right,” Wozniak said, pointing to the possibility of the FBI having the authority to go to any company at any time, demanding the latter to “build a product” the way the FBI wants it to.

“If that phone is open, hackers are gonna do it too,” he opined, alluding to the argument on one side of the encryption debate which stands against any engineered backdoor.

Wozniak, along with the late Steve Jobs founded Apple in 1976. Wozniak is credited to have singularly developed Apple’s first ever computer, the Apple 1. Having left his R&D role at Apple in the 1980s, Wozniak is now an adjunct professor at the University of Technology in Sydney.

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Samburaj is the contributing editor at Hacked and keeps tabs on science, technology and cyber security.