Kim Dotcom has received endorsements from a long list of celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, Alicia Keys and Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas. Now, you can add the name of Steve Wozniak.
Kim Dotcom and Steve Wozniak
(Credit: Kim DotCom)
During a trip to New Zealand last month, Wozniak stopped by Dotcom's home outside of Auckland and took several photographs with the Megaupload founder, who is also the man accused by the United States of criminal copyright violations, money laundering and wire fraud. The US is trying to extradite Dotcom, and a hearing in New Zealand to decide the matter is scheduled for August.
Woz was down under to give a series of lectures.
Dotcom discussed the meeting in a Twitter post, and thanked Woz for supporting the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a group that advocates for tech companies and internet users.
"MegaWoz. Great guy & supporter of EFF," Dotcom wrote from @KimDotcom. "EFF is helping to give Mega users their files back. Thanks Woz & EFF."
Most of the other celebrities previously mentioned took part in a music video that Dotcom produced. The connections to the famous have only helped build Dotcom's reputation for flamboyance. Before he founded Megaupload, Dotcom was a well-known street racer and hacker. Woz also did some hacking before helping found Apple with Steve Jobs.
One of the first products that Wozniak and Jobs sold was a "blue box" that Wozniak designed, which recreated the tones that controlled telephone networks, enabling users to make free long-distance calls.