John McAfee, founding father of the corporate behind McAfee Antivirus, has been discovered useless in keeping with reports from Reuters, El Mundo, El País, and others. He was being held in a Barcelona jail, and the Catalan Division of Justice has acknowledged that his demise was probably attributable to suicide. Legal professionals for McAfee confirmed his demise to Reuters and The New York Times, with one saying it was “the results of a merciless system that had no purpose to maintain this man in jail for thus lengthy.”
McAfee was being held in jail, pending extradition to the US, since his arrest in October 2020. He confronted charges of tax evasion and had additionally been charged with securities fraud regarding an alleged cryptocurrency pump and dump scheme. Spanish courts had accepted his extradition this morning with alternative for attraction, in keeping with Reuters and El Mundo.
McAfee’s story over the previous decade has been headline-grabbing. He’s released a drug-fueled video by which he un-installs McAfee Antivirus, claimed to have made a tool that blocked NSA surveillance, and run for president — twice, in 2016 and 2020. He’s additionally a famous cryptocurrency promoter, who once claimed to charge $105,000 for every promotional tweet, when you needed McAfee to spice up your cryptocurrency or preliminary coin providing on Twitter’s platform.
In 2014, Intel rebranded the antivirus software that bore McAfee’s identify, altering it to “Intel Safety.” In response, McAfee informed the BBC that he was grateful that “the worst software program on the planet” was not related along with his identify. McAfee later sued Intel after it warned him that naming a brand new cybersecurity firm after himself could be trademark infringement. McAfee later agreed to a settlement with Intel, saying that he wouldn’t use his identify in connection to any cybersecurity services or products he labored on.
McAfee has a historical past of run-ins with legislation enforcement. He, his household, and members of his safety forces were arrested by the Belize police in 2012, after drug and firearm prices. He went on the run later that year, after the Belize police declared that he was wanted for questioning in relation to the homicide of his neighbor.
The story grew to become one of many focuses of a 2016 Showtime documentary, which sought to show that McAfee was concerned not solely in that homicide, however different crimes as nicely. As recently as 2019, McAfee known as the case towards him “frivolous,” and refused to pay a $25 million judgement towards him in a wrongful demise swimsuit. He also claimed that he had over $200 million in judgements towards him in different authorized circumstances, however that he couldn’t pay any of them.
Lately, McAfee claimed to be on the run from the CIA, tweeting a picture of himself on a ship holding a gun. McAfee has additionally tweeted multiple times, as soon as after his October arrest, that he wouldn’t kill himself, and people tweets are already resulting in conspiracy theories about his demise.
The US Division of Justice tells The Verge that it has no touch upon the matter, referring us to Spanish authorities.