How the high-flying life of antivirus king John McAfee ended in a dark prison cell
John McAfee at a consumer electronics show in Las Vegas in 2016 where the pioneer of antivirus software presented an innovation to replace most user passwords on the Internet. (PHOTO: Gallo Images / Getty Images)
It seemed like the last desperate act of a man who knew he wouldn’t stand a chance. Just hours after learning he was going to be deported to his home in America to face charges that would likely see him spending the rest of his days behind bars, John McAfee was found hanged in his tiny jail cell in Spain , guaranteeing that everything would remain. as controversial in death as in life.
If you own a computer, you’ve probably seen its name countless times. In the early 1990s, John (75) was known as the king of antivirus software. With McAfee VirusScan, it sparked a multi-billion dollar industry. But since 2010, when his cybersecurity firm McAfee Associates was bought out by tech giant Intel for $ 7.7 billion (then over R80 billion), John has been best known for his hedonistic lifestyle and inability to stay out of trouble.
As of 2019, he was a man on the run, mastering an escape from the United States aboard his luxury yacht, Freedom Boat, with his wife, Janice (38), to escape tax evasion charges.
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