John McAfee, founding father of the corporate behind McAfee Antivirus, has been found dead consistent with reports from Reuters, El Mundo, El País, et al. . He was being held during a Barcelona prison, and therefore the Catalan Department of Justice has stated that his death was likely caused by suicide. Lawyers for McAfee confirmed his death to Reuters and therefore the ny Times, with one sayingit was “the results of a cruel system that had no reason to stay this man in jail for therefore long.”
McAfee was being held in prison, pending extradition to the US, since his arrest in October 2020. He faced charges of evasion and had also been charged with securities fraud concerning an alleged cryptocurrency pump and dump scheme. Spanish courts had approved his extradition this morning with opportunity for appeal, consistent with Reuters and El Mundo.
McAfee’s story over the past decade has been headline-grabbing. He’s released a drug-fueled video during which he un-installs McAfee Antivirus, claimed to possess made a tool that blocked NSA surveillance, and run president — twice, in 2016 and 2020. He’s also a noted cryptocurrency promoter, who once claimed to charge $105,000 for every promotional tweet, if you wanted McAfee to spice up your cryptocurrency or initial coin offering on Twitter’s platform.
In 2014, Intel rebranded the antivirus software that bore McAfee’s name, changing it to “Intel Security.” In response, McAfee told the BBC that he was grateful that “the worst software on the planet” was not related to his name. McAfee later sued Intel after it warned him that naming a replacement cybersecurity company after himself would be trademark infringement. McAfee later agreed to a settlement with Intel, saying that he wouldn’t use his name in connection to any cybersecurity products or services he worked on.
McAfee features a history of run-ins with enforcement . He, his family, and members of his security forces were arrested by the Belize police in 2012, after drug and firearm charges. He went on the run later that year, after the Belize police declared that he was wanted for questioning in reference to the murder of his neighbor.
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The story became one among the focuses of a 2016 Showtime documentary, which sought to prove that McAfee was involved not only therein murder, but other crimes also . As recently as 2019, McAfee called the case against him “frivolous,” and refused to pay a $25 million judgement against him during a death suit. He also claimed that he had over $200 million in judgements against him in other legal cases, but that he couldn't pay any of them.
In recent years, McAfee claimed to get on the run from the CIA, tweeting an image of himself on a ship holding a gun. McAfee has also tweeted multiple times, once after his October arrest, that he wouldn’t kill himself, and people tweets are already resulting in conspiracy theories about his death.
The US Department of Justice tells The Verge that it's no discuss the matter, referring us to Spanish authorities.