Crime The bizarre tale of John McAfee, spymaster

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The craziest story of this last week? It's an easy call—John McAfee's self-told tale of becoming a spymaster in Belize, passing out malware-laden laptops to officials and overseeing a ring of 29 "operatives" who distributed and monitored the computers.

McAfee, a one-time American antivirus expert, left the US for Belize a few years back and quickly slipped into his own "heart of darkness" at his jungle estate. He's been specializing in nutball behavior and eventually got himself raided by an elite Belize police squad which believed he was operating a meth lab on the property. Next, McAfee's neighbor was murdered and McAfee went on the run, telling anyone who would listen that the Belize police were going to kill him (they said only that they wanted to question McAfee about the murder and that he was not a suspect). Now, back in the US after slipping across the border to Guatemala—a long and crazy story of its own—McAfee has taken again to his own blog to regale us all with the tale of John McAfee, spy chief.

What led McAfee to launch one of the most brazen spy operations by a private citizen against the state of Belize? Who knows! He certainly doesn't.

"I'm not sure what I expected to gain," he wrote. "The satisfaction of revenge perhaps—to some extent—what little satisfaction there is in revenge. As a way to get my stuff back? Maybe. For the sheer joy of muscle flexing? I can’t answer precisely. Much of my life is a mystery to me. Suffice it to say: I just did it because I could."

 
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iPeez

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I have a similar jacket, allways liked it, because it could handle whatever weather I was in.

I never knew McAFee was named after the dude that created it (?). Again I should read more internet / software "history". There should be a book "The History of Internet and Software Development, along with other tales".

http://www.amazon.com/History-Internet-Chronology-1843-Present/dp/1576071189
http://www.amazon.com/History-Internet-Digital-Future/dp/1861897774
http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/internet.htm
I dont know if these would please me... I wish there was some collection of short histories of some of the major computer breakthroughs. (Wikipedia, Google, Facebook, MSN, and on and on...)
 

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I have a similar jacket, allways liked it, because it could handle whatever weather I was in.

I never knew McAFee was named after the dude that created it (?). Again I should read more internet / software "history". There should be a book "The History of Internet and Software Development, along with other tales".

http://www.amazon.com/History-Internet-Chronology-1843-Present/dp/1576071189
http://www.amazon.com/History-Internet-Digital-Future/dp/1861897774
http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/internet.htm
I dont know if these would please me... I wish there was some collection of short histories of some of the major computer breakthroughs. (Wikipedia, Google, Facebook, MSN, and on and on...)
What else would it be named after?
 

iPeez

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What else would it be named after?
I guess you can say I never gave it any thought...

Anyway, hope someone makes a movie about his "tale". It's kinda standard hollywood material.
 

Varine

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If this was a movie we'd all be walking out of the theater going "What the fuck ever, like that could happen." It would be like some Apollo 13 reviews going down.
 

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All jokes aside: who hasn't done this before? Doesn't everyone go bat-sh!t crazy, launch a cyber attack on a South American government, kill a guy, go fugitive and blog about it at one point in their life? Cut the man some slack; he is the name behind the worst antivirus available at your local computer store!

Seriously though, horrible software.
 

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The killed person must be kinda' fucked up to have something kinda' fucked up happen to him.
 

Varine

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All jokes aside: who hasn't done this before? Doesn't everyone go bat-sh!t crazy, launch a cyber attack on a South American government, kill a guy, go fugitive and blog about it at one point in their life? Cut the man some slack; he is the name behind the worst antivirus available at your local computer store!

Seriously though, horrible software.
No, I strictly wage my cyber wars in Africa. And I only vlog now.
 
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