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John McAfee, security software pioneer, talks to CSO about his bid for the White House

CSO staff | Oct. 7, 2015
It has been a whirlwind few years for John McAfee, the man noted for developing the first commercial anti-virus program. It was only a few years ago when rumors were frantically flying around in following an incredibly sensational story of McAfee as a murder suspect. With all of that seemingly behind him, he now turns his attention to taking up residency in the White House.

But he believes the loss of privacy has been the biggest dilemma of recent years. He notes the government surveillance as a prime example of lawmakers overstepping their bounds. “we are governed by people who are largely illiterate in cybersecurity. Cyber warfare is now the means of war. My government is dysfunctional…” he said.

Life before the campaign

The British-born, but U.S-raised McAfee founded the antivirus company named after him in 1987. He resigned from McAfee Associates in 1994 and later cashed in on an IPO. His wealth at one time was estimated at $100 million, but a downturn in the economy resulted in a dwindled bank account that amounted to $4 million, according to Wikipedia. McAfee was sold to Intel in 2010 and Intel no longer uses the name McAfee on any of its products.

McAfee allegedly ran into trouble in Belize a few years ago. According to news reports, on Nov. 12, 2012, Belize police pursued McAfee as a "person of interest" in connection to the murder of his neighbor American expatriate Gregory Viant Faull. Faull was found dead of a gunshot wound the day before at his home on the island of Ambergris Caye.

In a November 2012 interview with Wired, McAfee said that he has always been afraid police would kill him and thus refused to answer their questions. A series of odd events unfurled from there as a website was being updated in his name, indicating what was occurring during his time on the run and eventually while being held in Guatemala, according to an interview with Network World.

On Dec. 12, 2012, McAfee was released from detention in Guatemala and deported to the United States. As of last year, Belizean police have not sought McAfee's imprisonment for any of the crimes they accused him of. However, they have auctioned off McAfee's seized assets, and his home was burned down.

Trouble again found him in August of this year when he was arrested for driving while intoxicated and possessing a handgun while intoxicated, according to Wikipedia.

The election issues

According to his website, one slogan he professes is “Make America Free Again”. Below are his views on the hot button issues facing the country. These views were taken directly from McAfee’s Web site.

Foreign Policy:

We are not a police agency for the world. Our foreign involvements must be reigned in, and attention should be placed on looking at our own issues. While domestic policy will be the major focus of a McAfee administration, we will employ a foreign policy that augments our domestic policy.

War on Drugs

Reduced criminalization. Mere possession of any chemical substance intended for self administration should be at most a misdemeanor.

 

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