John McAfee, former software developer and founder of the McAfee anti-virus software corporation, spoke at length to CNBC yesterday, November 16, and said that he’s been hiding within his own Belize compound and lives in fear for his life due to the Belize government’s gang suppression unit. John McAfee’s neighbor Gregory Faull was recently found murdered and the Belize police have sought McAfee for questioning. Police have searched McAfee’s property but did not find him. McAfee told CNBC he barely knew Faull and probably only spoke 50 words to him.
McAfee’s software company was a major player in the data security and anti-virus software niche as home computing grew quickly during the late 1980s. McAfee’s product was effective and was available for a low price. The McAfee corporation made headlines in 2010 when shareholders sold the McAfee corporation to Intel for nearly $8 billlion. John McAfee had already resigned in 1994, and sold his stake in the company during the 1990s.
John McAfee has led an interesting life since leaving the company he founded. His home is a tropical compound on the Caribbean coastal island of Ambergris Caye, in Belize, Central America. He’s known for participating in various online forums under the name Stuffmonger. He’s known for playing Russian roulette with a reporter from Wired. His Internet interests apparently include YouTube videos, home chemistry related to hallucinogenic products, and recently, questions about how phone companies and law enforcement triangulate and identify the cell phone user’s location. Here’s a quote that Gizmodo attributed to McAfee under the name Stuffmonger on a private network, posted on November 14, 2012:
“How long does it take for a phone company to triangulate a cell phone signal? With what accuracy? Is there any way to confuse/delay the system? If a cell phone is turned off, but the battery is installed, is there any way to locate the phone? Are there any brands of phones are more/less difficult to triangulate?”
John McAfee said he’s very concerned about his safety should the police take him into custody. The Belize gang suppression unit searched McAfee’s compound in April, 2012, and he commented to CNBC and others (see the AP video accompanying this article) that he expects he may be killed if captured. He noted that the government has abandoned its constitution and given too much power to the gang suppression unit, and that there is little the US Embassy can do to protect him. Still, though he undoubtedly has the resources to escape, John McAfee is reluctant to leave his Belize home.
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