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December 3, 2012 in World News


One of his last interviews before his apparent arrest.



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Alex talks with tech industry wizard John McAfee who stands accused of killing his neighbor in Belize




press release

Message to the media

on Friday, November 30, 2012 after a series of short media interviews we lost contact with Mr. John McAfee. Soon after losing contact with Mr. McAfee we received a voicemail from an anonymous caller ID. In the message the gentleman stated, “John was picked up crossing the Mexican border.” We have not received word back from this individual (he did not leave a phone number or additional details), nor have we received word from McAfee himself. As such, we cannot confirm 100 percent that the message we received is accurate or deny it. The only thing we can confirm is that we have not been able to make contact with Mr. McAfee and that he has not communicated with Mr Chad Essley.

We are very concerned for McAfee safety and wellbeing . All we can do is hope that we receive word from Mr. McAfee himself or a reliable source to confirm that he is okay. In addition we would like to hear from any officials at the Belizean or Mexican governments if they have detained Mr. McAfee.

Upon new developments a press release and updates will be posted

Brian Fitzgerald, official spokesperson for John McAfee




The anti-virus tycoon has apparently been arrested after weeks of being hunted over his neighbour’s murder, according to his blog.


John McAfee
The millionaire has been updating his website since going on the run

A posting on John McAfee’s blog has claimed the anti-virus software pioneer, wanted by police over his neighbour’s murder, appears to have been found after weeks in hiding.

The website set up by Mr McAfee after he went on the run said there was an unconfirmed report that he was apprehended on the Belize-Mexico border.

The website whoismcafee.com has carried updates of Mr McAfee’s progress since the murder of Gregory Faull, a 52-year-old retired American builder, on November 11. He has also taken to Twitter to promote his posts.

Under the title Breaking: John captured? a post, on December 1, said: “We have received an unconfirmed report that John McAfee has been captured at the border of Belize and Mexico.

“More information as it is received.”

But a subsequent posting on the blog, by a person claiming to be close to Mr McAfee, said there was no confirmation that he had been found.

Mr McAfee has written entries describing how he has disguised himself as a beggar, a street trader and a drunken German tourist in order to watch police as they searched his Belize home.

Police carry Gregory Faull's body
Police take away the body of Gregory Faull

At one point he claimed he was actually hiding out on his compound on the island of Ambergris Caye.

He said he set up the website to counter claims made about him by the media and the Belize authorities and to assert his innocence shortly after his disappearance.

In an early post Mr McAfee said that he had given enough information to a friend to keep the website going should he be captured.

Police have said they simply want to question Mr McAfee over the murder of Mr Faull, who was found dead in a pool of blood at his home. He had suffered a single gunshot wound to the head.

Mr McAfee has denied he was responsible for the murder and says he went into hiding only because the Belize authorities have a vendetta against him. He believes he was the intended victim of the shooting, not Mr Faull.

Mr McAfee amassed a $100m (£63m) fortune from his software business but said he lost all but $4m of it in the financial crisis. He moved to Belize in 2008.

John McAfee From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


John McAfee
Born (1945-09-18) September 18, 1945 (age 67) England
Nationality American
Alma mater Roanoke College
Known for McAfee

John McAfee (born September 18, 1945 is an American computer programmer and founder of McAfee. He was one of the first people to design anti-virus software and to develop a virus scanner.

Early life

McAfee was born in England and raised in Salem, Virginia He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Roanoke College in 1967, and he received an honorary doctorate from Roanoke College in 2008.


McAfee was employed as a programmer by NASA‘s Institute for Space Studies in New York City from 1968 to 1970. From there he went to Univac as a software designer and later to Xerox as an operating system architect. In 1978 he joined Computer Sciences Corporation as a software consultant. Later, while employed by Lockheed in the 1980s, McAfee received a copy of the Pakistani Brain computer virus and began developing software to combat viruses.

In 1987 McAfee founded McAfee Associates, a computer anti-virus company. He was the first to distribute anti-virus software using the shareware business model. In 1989, he quit Lockheed and began working full-time at McAfee Associates, which he initially operated from his home in Santa Clara, California. The company was incorporated in the state of Delaware in 1992, and McAfee resigned from the company in 1994.

Two years after McAfee Associates went public, McAfee sold his remaining stake in the company. Network Associates was formed in 1997 as a merger of McAfee Associates and Network General. This company later became Network Associates, a name it retained for seven years until it was renamed McAfee. McAfee remains today as one of the largest anti-virus companies in the world.

Other business ventures that he founded included Tribal Voice, which developed one of the first instant messaging programs, PowWow. In 2000, John McAfee invested in and joined the board of directors of Zone Labs prior to its acquisition by Check Point Software in 2003.

In August 2009, The New York Times reported that McAfee’s personal fortune had declined to $4 million from a peak of $100 million, the effect of the global financial crisis and recession on his investments.

Beginning in February 2010, McAfee started a new venture in the field of bacterial quorum sensing. His company QuorumEx is headquartered in Belize and is working towards producing commercial all natural antibiotics based on anti-quorum sensing technology.

Personal life

McAfee teaches yoga and has written several books about yoga.

In a 2012 article in Mensa Bulletin, the magazine of American Mensa, he stated that being the developer of the first commercial anti-virus program has made him “the most popular hacking target”, adding “Hackers see hacking me as a badge of honor”. He added that for his own security he has other people buy his computer equipment for him, uses pseudonyms for setting up computers and logging in, and changes his IP address several times a day.

Legal problems

On April 30, 2012, McAfee’s property in Orange Walk Town, Belize, was raided by the Gang Suppression Unit. A GSU press release stated that he was arrested for unlicensed drug manufacturing and possession of an unlicensed weapon. He was released without charge after being detained for a few hours. In 2012, Belize police spokesman Raphael Martinez confirmed that he was not convicted nor charged but only suspected.

On November 12, 2012, Belize police started a search for McAfee as a “person of interest” in connection to the murder of American expatriate Gregory Viant Faull. Faull was found dead of a gunshot wound on November 10, 2012, at his home on the island of Ambergris Caye. Faull was a neighbor of McAfee. No one has been formally charged. In an interview with Wired, McAfee maintains his innocence. He also says that he is afraid the police will kill him and refused routine questions with police, and has been since been evading the Belizean authorities. Belize prime minister Dean Barrow called McAfee “extremely paranoid, even bonkers”.

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