Wozniak got the idea from an article about "phone phreaks" in the Esquire magazine. What really appealed to him was not just the technology, but the part that talked about the ethics the guys supposedly had:
"That it wasn't just about free calls. One of the guys said he was basically trying to do a good thing by finding flaws in the system and letting the phone company know what they were."
("iWoz, Computer Geek to Cult Icon", Steve Wozniak with Gina Smith)
Not everyone appreciates hearing the bad stuff. NKF volunteer Archie Ong (1997) and aero-modelling instructor Piragasam Singaravelu (1998) were hauled to court for letting it be known the CEO had "squandered monies" by flying First Class. More recently, a blogger was nearly crucified for making mention of a letter of support an Archbishop had, on his own volition, transmitted to the organizers of a rally regarding the Internal Security Act (ISA). The head of the Catholic Church could have easily quelled the speculative fever by simply releasing the correspondence. If the message is wrong, surely he knows where the confession box is. The rest of us heathens can only wonder what other flaws in the system lay hidden.
Wozniak said his father believed in honesty. ("Extreme honesty. Extreme ethics, really"). He was told that it was worse to lie about doing something bad under oath than it was to actually do something bad, even like murdering someone. It must be tough to raise kids in our society when everybody makes a habit of stretching the truth - lawyers, law enforcers, physicians, plastic surgeons, academics, parliamentarians, ministers (men of the cloth as well as men-in-white). Anyone else we missed?