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McAfee May Have Been Captured 148

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netbuzz writes with a quick update about John McAfee on the run. From the article: "A blog being maintained for the past three weeks by antivirus pioneer John McAfee and others is claiming to have received "an unconfirmed report" that McAfee has been captured near the border of Belize and Mexico. However, authorities in Belize say that report is not true and that the whereabouts of McAfee, wanted for questioning as a 'person of interest' after the Nov. 11 murder of his neighbor, remain unknown."
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McAfee May Have Been Captured

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  • by CajunArson (465943) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @09:05PM (#42164733) Journal

    They thought they had him, but turns out it was a false positive.

    • by girlintraining (1395911) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @09:21PM (#42164839)

      They thought they had him, but turns out it was a false positive.

      "This user has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down." -- PoliceOS (Belize Edition)

  • FTFY (Score:5, Insightful)

    by girlintraining (1395911) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @09:08PM (#42164755)

    I found the problem: They haven't updated their viru--er, law enforcement definition files. That's why the average user should always have auto-update enabled. In other news... McAfee is clearly suffering from some kind of mental disorder beyond simply having homocidal issues, and it's probably due to drugs, maybe even bath salts. He's showing clear evidence of paranoid delusions and his blog posts seem increasingly detached from reality. The only reason he's been able to hold out this long is because he has a lot of money -- way more than the government trying to catch him. Money covers up a lot of intellectual deficits, but he can't stay ahead of them forever because he's a wounded animal; He doesn't have a full deck of cards anymore.

    • Re:FTFY (Score:5, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 02, 2012 @09:13PM (#42164779)

      He doesn't have a full deck of cards anymore.

      That's true, but if he can hit that bullseye the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate!

      • by grcumb (781340)

        He doesn't have a full deck of cards anymore.

        That's true, but if he can hit that bullseye the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate!

        Man, talk about flogging the cart before the horse....

    • homocidal issues

      Ooh, I hope that's a Freudian slip!

    • Re:FTFY (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Aryeh Goretsky (129230) on Monday December 03, 2012 @02:00AM (#42166137) Homepage
      Hello,

      I have actually been reading Dr. McAfee's blog, The Hinterland [whoismcafee.com], since it started, as well as his replies to comments and listened to his interviews. I also worked for him for about eleven years across different companies and have known him for about twice as long.

      While at times Dr. McAfee does sound like he is under stress and duressâ"he's snapped at a number of commentators at times for not reading earlier blog postsâ"he has remained cogent and lucid throughout these events, and a determination to see justice done: Dr. McAfee has offered an award of $25,000BZ (about $12,500USD) for information leading to the capture and arrest of the murderer of his neighbor, which is more than anyone else has done, including the government down there. He has also shown occasional glimpses of a wry sense of humor about how things are going, which seems to indicate a full understanding of the situation and use of his faculties.

      While there are a lot of things about this case which do not make sense, there are a quite a few which do, such as Dr. McAfee's increasing difficulties with Belizean politicians when he refused to pay them bribes. This has been documented in the Belizean press.

      Your comments about Dr. McAfee sound mean spirited and based more on wishful thinking than anything else.

      Regards,

      Aryeh Goretsky
      • Bribes (Score:4, Insightful)

        by ebcdic (39948) on Monday December 03, 2012 @08:01AM (#42167485)

        So he left the US because he didn't want to pay taxes, and now finds that instead he has to bribe politicians. Life is so hard for the rich.

      • Re:FTFY (Score:4, Insightful)

        by Speare (84249) on Monday December 03, 2012 @10:28AM (#42168391) Homepage Journal

        [Dr McAfee has] a determination to see justice done: Dr. McAfee has offered an award of $25,000BZ (about $12,500USD) for information leading to the capture and arrest of the murderer of his neighbor

        That line reminded me an awful lot like:

        Lawyers for O.J. Simpson yesterday announced a $500,000 reward for information leading to the "real killer or killers" and filed a motion accusing police of ignoring evidence that points to other possible suspects.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    He is still in hiding though because he is afraid (rightly so) of being extradited or killed.

    • by zoloto (586738)
      I must have missed something, but why is he "rightly" afraid of someone killing him?
  • by Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @09:14PM (#42164791)
    ....30 day trial.
  • Quarantined (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 02, 2012 @09:20PM (#42164825)

    He hasn't been captured, he's been quarantined.

    • by jonadab (583620)
      Perhaps he has indeed been captured, but by someone *other* than legitimate law enforcement officers. For instance, maybe he is being held by the "enforcement" arm of Los Zetas. Perhaps they will hold him for ransom. Or perhaps they will accept a bribe from his enemies, to keep him or to eliminate him. Or perhaps they will hand him over to the USDA.

      (Sorry. I think the conspiracy theory thread on that Korean unicorn story may have affected me in some way.)
    • by hackingbear (988354) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @10:54PM (#42165249)

      Do you want to fix or erase him?

  • Dupe (Score:5, Interesting)

    by chill (34294) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @09:24PM (#42164847) Journal

    I don't mean the article, I mean all the "jokes" in the replies.

  • Apparently he had a virus so he was running slow.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      He has McAfee, he always runs slow, or not at all

  • Even if they had him, I kinda doubt they'd admit to it. He could very likely be sitting in a very tiny, very dark little cell for all anyone knows.
    • by ameoba (173803)

      They have no reason to hold him other than being suspected for a crime in the US. If they captured him, they'd let the world know how helpful they were being.

      • Re:Even if... (Score:5, Informative)

        by Rob the Bold (788862) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @11:12PM (#42165319)

        They have no reason to hold him other than being suspected for a crime in the US. If they captured him, they'd let the world know how helpful they were being.

        Didn't the crime in question [wired.com] occur in Belize?

        • He's one of those expats that took his millions and left the USA for tax reasons. He's gonna find out that police in other countries don't have nearly as many "hurdles" once his money runs out... That's why taxes can stay so low!!!

  • by DuranDuran (252246) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @09:54PM (#42165019)

    They should have used 64 bits. Then McAfee wouldn't run.

  • by globaljustin (574257) <justinglobal@gmB ... minus physicist> on Sunday December 02, 2012 @10:00PM (#42165055) Homepage Journal

    Labeling what McAfee did as "antivirus pioneer" does a disservice to both terms and makes anyone who reads it stupiderer...

    As far as I can tell (I wasn't a crypto-analyst or infosec tech in the 80s) McAfee was good at getting government contracts and paying people to write software for him.

    That is **not** pioneering anything...that's **above average** level **business management**....really nothing he did professionally was extraordinary or ideologically noteworthy whatsoever. He was a standard bubble-era businessman.

    We do ourselves a serious harm by not making distinctions between who does the work and who manages the company.

    • by greg1104 (461138) <gsmith@gregsmith.com> on Sunday December 02, 2012 @11:01PM (#42165275) Homepage

      Bubble-era businessman? McAfee resigned from McAfee Associates in 1994. You might as well reference the Dutch tulip bubble, that's just as relevant.

      When McAfee Associates started in 1987, it was only shortly after the very first IBM PC viruses (The Brain boot sector/Pakistani flu) appeared. And when the first PC virus mania hit, the 1992 Michelangelo scare, many of us used the shareware McAfee anti-virus program to check if our computers were infected. That era, his 1987 to 1992 work, was where the pioneer label comes from.

      • by Artemis3 (85734)

        Mcafee virus scan. Yes i remember, it used to tell how many viruses could detect. The earliest antivirus programs would work only for a single virus (eg: pong, or stoner) and this one could take care of many at a time. My msdos days are long gone, and even windows looks in the ancient malware past.

        I remember running this program in the school lab, on 8088 Epson machines; prior to running maniac mansion in glory green monochrome graphics. Late 80ies indeed...

        When the earliest windows version came along, it f

    • At least they didn't call him a marketing genius. That term is thrown around a lot when in fact "marketing asshole" would be more effective. Like Steve Jobs, big tobacco, and AOL.
  • ... They have to completely uninstall their current justice system, first.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Prior to this, McAfee was getting harassed by the local police for not paying bribe money and got his house raided a few times.

      I wouldnt put it past the local police to have killed his neighbor.

  • And the Belize police are denying it cause they want to disappear him just like he said?

  • The amount of speculation happening on Slashdot here is palpable. I guess all it takes to make headlines now days is for someone to post unverified information, and then have someone else blog about said information.
  • All jokes aside, if McAfee is right and Belize authorities want him dead, this is exactly how they'd make him disappear. Capture him, kill him, dump his body, and then claim he was never in custody.

  • Here's a handy McAfee Timeline [wecheck.org] I made.

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