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John McAfee's Latest Project: Shielding Against Surveillance

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the man-with-a-plan dept.

Security 100

Nerval's Lobster writes "Now that he's finished dodging law enforcement and experimenting with chemicals, software designer John McAfee (founder of his eponymous antivirus company) has been building something that, if it actually works, could appeal to the paranoid: a device that blocks the government's ability to spy on PCs and mobile devices. The device, known as 'Dcentral,' will reportedly cost around $100 and fit into a pants pocket. In a speech at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center over the weekend, McAfee suggested that the hardware would create private device networks impenetrable to outsiders, even those with the most sophisticated technology. The network's range would be roughly three blocks; McAfee believes that he can have a prototype up and running within six months. Whether or not McAfee manages to get that prototype working on schedule, he's already ramping up to the release of something, having set up a 'Future Tense Central' Website with a countdown clock, a sleek logo, and a set of social-media buttons. McAfee is such an outsized figure ('I've always wandered close to the edge,' he once confessed to an audience) that it's sometimes tempting to take his latest claims with a moon-sized grain of salt—this is the same man, after all, who says he avoided a police manhunt in Belize by dressing up as a drunk German tourist. (And he's unafraid to parody his own Wild Man reputation online.) That aside, he's also an executive with a record of starting a financially successful company, which means that—no matter what else he's done in the intervening years—it's likely that he'll attract a little bit of attention, if not some funding, with his latest endeavor."

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Dcentral? (4, Funny)

neminem (561346) | about a year ago | (#44993355)

That is a really boring and unhelpful name for it.

I'll be really sad if the actual name of the device isn't "Fakeblock".

Re:Dcentral? (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about a year ago | (#44993847)

And I wouldn't be surprised if it had most of the functionality of fakeblock.

Re:Dcentral? (1)

interval1066 (668936) | about a year ago | (#44994311)

Maybe it will come with guns, drugs, and dogs.

Re:Dcentral? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44998049)

Don't forget the underage hookers.

Re:Dcentral? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44994081)

COME on!

Re:Dcentral? (1)

davester666 (731373) | about a year ago | (#44994367)

It's just so you can say you've been 'dcentralized'!

Re:Dcentral? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44996033)

Hey, what about this one? Different purposes.
http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/28/tech/ad-trap-internet-ad-blocker/index.html?hpt=te_r1

Funny since McAfee built... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44998249)

...Carnivore's successor.

Is it this? (4, Informative)

stewsters (1406737) | about a year ago | (#44993361)

Onion Pi [adafruit.com]

Re:Is it this? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44993469)

If so it is cute to think that this is enough to stop the NSA from spying on you. The exit nodes from TOR are well-known by design. And the traffic is not encrypted whenever it leaves an exit node. And the things they are most interested in, such as your g-mail and such they already have access to.

Re:Is it this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44994109)

Doesn't mean you couldn't move certain things to inside the tor network. Also, for some people who was watching may be important enough to hide, not just what was seen.

Also, no tool can enforce encryption once you leave the tool. Its your responsibility to use SSH and the like (although they are claimed broken).

Re:Is it this? (1)

tibman (623933) | about a year ago | (#44996153)

SSH is broken? That would be news.

Re:Is it this? (1)

uninformedLuddite (1334899) | about a year ago | (#45009057)

That's what they want you to think.

Re:Is it this? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44995087)

If so it is cute to think that this is enough to stop the NSA from spying on you. The exit nodes from TOR are well-known by design. And the traffic is not encrypted whenever it leaves an exit node. And the things they are most interested in, such as your g-mail and such they already have access to.

Since you're repeating what we all already know, I can tell you've missed the point. These devices aren't to stop the NSA from spying on just you, they're to stop the NSA from spying on everyone. As more people log on to the Tor network and more websites offer a hidden service, automated mass surveillance becomes much more difficult. An advanced persistent threat can break through pretty much any n00b's best efforts, but they can't focus that much time on all of us.

Moo (5, Funny)

Chacham (981) | about a year ago | (#44993373)

Early testers have noted they "feel quite anonymous and undetectable" wearing the tinfoil hat, with no less than three extra layers of tinfoil to keep the NSA out.

For an extra $50, users can get a banner reading "Don't mind me, I'm anonymous." attached at no extra cost.

Re:Moo (4, Insightful)

girlintraining (1395911) | about a year ago | (#44995353)

Early testers have noted they "feel quite anonymous and undetectable" wearing the tinfoil hat, with no less than three extra layers of tinfoil to keep the NSA out.

Not nearly as amusing as the truth though; He became a successful CEO by starting a business whose product slogan is basically "Hey, that's a nice computer you got there; shame if something were to happen to it." After retiring, he was accused of murder, and then dressed up as a drunk tourist to elude and mock them, while insisting on his innocence. Recently, he has claimed that his brush with the keystone cops has granted him insight into the ubiquous surveillance present in our society, and for a small fee, can make you invisible to it.

There's very little left to this man except an ego, a thick wad of cash, and a seemingly limitless potential to exploit human stupidity as a fuel source for the aforementioned ego.

Re:Moo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44995969)

Whatevs dude.

The NSA is the box.

Whatever his bizarritees, McAfee is a guy who thinks outside of it.

I'll follow McAfee before I'll follow some regimented, internet-vitamin-enabled, good for me touchstone of the one true faith.

Re:Moo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44997371)

You know, the subject line can be used for things other than, "Moo" now. That bug has been fixed!

Fake block ? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44993379)

i think its called "Fake block"

Re:Fake block ? (3, Funny)

Qzukk (229616) | about a year ago | (#44993441)

I peeled back the label, it's clearly a rebadged tiger repeller.

Pervesion of truth (1)

John Al (3241557) | about a year ago | (#44993389)

"suggested that the hardware would create private device networks impenetrable to outsiders, even those with the most sophisticated technology" For the first '2' hours after its released.

Re:Pervesion of truth (4, Funny)

sjames (1099) | about a year ago | (#44993577)

If I didn't know about his habit of shoving bath salts up his poop chute, I might ask what is he smoking.

Re:Pervesion of truth (3, Insightful)

lgw (121541) | about a year ago | (#44993687)

Private mesh networks are harder to surveil in their entirety than the current internet. Could the NSA put nodes across the country to get back to intercepting all traffic? Sure. But they'd have to do that - to be even more obvious about ubiquitous surveillance. If that sort of thing has become politically acceptable, then all hope is indeed lost. But there's at least a chance it would be a bridge too far.

OTOH, let's see him actually deliver. Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean you can stop those who are out to get you.

Re:Pervesion of truth (1)

sjames (1099) | about a year ago | (#44993709)

Yes, mesh networks are harder to penetrate but I wouldn't call them impenetrable by a long shot.

Re:Pervesion of truth (2)

lgw (121541) | about a year ago | (#44993975)

Well, something like TOR/Freenet on top of one is a neat idea. Those technologies have difficult problems with attackers who observe all nodes. Surveilling most traffic on a mesh network isn't all that hard, as most of it will need to reach commercial sites at some point, or otherwise take many hops, but surveilling most nodes would take serious work. But, again, far easier to talk about than to do (and get right), and of course there are other attacks against TOR et al.

If you see the problem as "can we keep the NSA from spying on anyone", well, no we can't (and we probably shouldn't) keep them from specific people they want to hack. If you see the problem as "can we keep the NSA from spying on everyone, all at once", that's a much more reasonable goal.

Re:Pervesion of truth (3, Insightful)

sjames (1099) | about a year ago | (#44994017)

I fully agree, their work can be made a lot harder, and given their unwillingness to comply with the Constitution, the courts, and their own charter, it should be.

Tor over a mesh network does exactly that.

My objection is to calling any such solution impenetrable.

Re:Pervesion of truth (1)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | about a year ago | (#44993809)

shoving bath salts up his poop chute

That's a misnomer for methylenedioxypyrovalerone [wikipedia.org] . I'm not saying McAfee isn't a bit off-kilter, but framing the statement as you did needs an explanation. Oh, and and some people do indeed smoke it.

Re:Pervesion of truth (1)

sjames (1099) | about a year ago | (#44994029)

Some do, but he apparently prefers the other route.

Re:Pervesion of truth (2)

I'm New Around Here (1154723) | about a year ago | (#44995587)

shoving bath salts up his poop chute

That's a misnomer for methylenedioxypyrovalerone [wikipedia.org] .

No, that was a misnomer for his anus.

Re:Pervesion of truth (1)

Jeff Flanagan (2981883) | about a year ago | (#44993843)

Be fair, his plan sounds really good if you're high enough.

Re:Pervesion of truth (1)

AHuxley (892839) | about a year ago | (#44997349)

We know the file systems via the big US brands is junk.
We know the operating systems via the big US brands is junk.
We know networking connections via the big US brands is junk.
We know the cryptography offered via the big US brands is junk.
NSL covers any internal developer or code 'changes' via the big US brands.
All you can do is air gap, get a file system that most spyware wont run on and re think any crypto use.
A unique filesystem and OS just for you would help a tiny bit more in some ways than more of the "big US brands" PR law reform efforts.

John McAfee Media Whoring again (4, Informative)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | about a year ago | (#44993393)

This isn't news. You can already do this by buying the kit from adafruit.com [adafruit.com] or by buying one already built at PAPARouter.com [paparouter.com] (It's in the .sig). In short, Raspberry Pi + Debian + Tor. If you're browsing, make sure to use https everywhere [eff.org] .

He must be really tired from trying to stay relevant.

Re:John McAfee Media Whoring again (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#44993447)

Since we know the three letter agencies are running tor exit nodes, is this really helping all that much?

Re:John McAfee Media Whoring again (2)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | about a year ago | (#44993473)

Make sure you are running https everywhere and not authenticating yourself with creds. This explains it all [eff.org] .

Re:John McAfee Media Whoring again (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#44993501)

I thought the latest scare was that they could make valid ssl certs for any domain they liked and as such man in the middle https sessions.

Re:John McAfee Media Whoring again (4, Informative)

nullchar (446050) | about a year ago | (#44994545)

If you also use Certificate Patrol [mozilla.org] , at least you'll know when you've been MITM'd.

Re:John McAfee Media Whoring again (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44994077)

https everywhere doesn't make any difference if the NSA has compromised the root CA certificates. Browser extensions that compare the certificate fingerprints with those seen by other internet users could help as it would force the NSA to MitM everyone visiting a given site. But we still need something more ubiquitous and foolproof to stop the spying.

Re:John McAfee Media Whoring again (1)

Coniptor (22220) | about a year ago | (#45001747)

Certificate Watch

Re:John McAfee Media Whoring again (1)

Iamthecheese (1264298) | about a year ago | (#44993451)

I'm sorry to inform you that the Tor network is absolutely riddled with US government-owned computers sharing packet information. If you want privacy you'll have to migrate to Freenet.

Re:John McAfee Media Whoring again (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44993633)

I expect most of the rest of the nodes are run by the Chinese government.

Re:John McAfee Media Whoring again (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44996739)

And also be required to keep unknown files on your computer. NO THANKS!

Re:John McAfee Media Whoring again (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44993515)

It's a bit early to be dissing this. Sure you can buy the kit and do it yourself for cheap, but a dedicated set and forget box would be a vast improvement that would move this beyond clever geekery and into the hands of average consumers.

Re:John McAfee Media Whoring again (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about a year ago | (#44993643)

He must be really tired from trying to stay relevant.

Probably more like stoned out of his mind. I wonder how slow this tech will make your computer?

That line in TFS, "experimenting with chemicals"... I did that as a kid. When I almost burned the house down my dad took away my chemistry set. Someone needs to turn in their nerd license. Call a spade a spade, it isn't "experimenting with chemicals" it's "abusing drugs." An eight year old making gunpowder is experimenting with chemicals.

McAffee is a loon. Does he really think he can outwit the NSA'a army of network engineers and computer scientists? If the NSA wants your communications, they'll have them. McAfee's as well (and most likely already have the plans to his device with countermeasures already in place).

Re:John McAfee Media Whoring again (2)

jonbryce (703250) | about a year ago | (#44994741)

Why do we assume that the NSA or any other Government TLA employs the best brains in the industry. If you work for the government, you get a reasonable but not very exciting living wage. Work in the private sector and you get the chance to make millions on stock options when your invention is successful. How often does the government manage to make anything that is even fit for purpose, never mind better than everything else out there.

Re:John McAfee Media Whoring again (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about a year ago | (#44996645)

How often does the government manage to make anything that is even fit for purpose, never mind better than everything else out there.

Weapons, every time they make a new one, and they spend lavishly. Snowden was pulling in $200k a year, that's serious money.

Re:John McAfee Media Whoring again (1)

Anti-Social Network (3032259) | about a year ago | (#44997007)

More specifically, they have a huge and unaccountable budget, meaning they can afford to spend lavishly on recruiting and personnel costs. Money isn't everything, but give a man a little power along with it and you have 90% of what people strive for on a personal level for their whole lives, and money can also buy a lot of power...

Re:John McAfee Media Whoring again (2)

blackjackshellac (849713) | about a year ago | (#44993835)

Insanely you have to send your email address to JohnMcAfee(tm) in clear text to register for further updates. I'm sure no one will be listening to that end point.

Re:John McAfee Media Whoring again (2)

Burz (138833) | about a year ago | (#44993923)

I2P uses 2048bit encryption [geti2p.net] and every user defaults to being a relay, making it much harder to attack than Tor (which has a security model that's piecemeal). It also has a decentralized email service based on DHT and supports large P2P file transfers. If the people you're communicating with are willing to run it, I2P is definitely a better choice.

Re:John McAfee Media Whoring again (2)

Burz (138833) | about a year ago | (#44993965)

I2P uses 2048bit encryption [geti2p.net] and every user defaults to being a relay, making it much harder to attack than Tor (which has a security model that's piecemeal). It also has a decentralized email service based on DHT and supports large P2P file transfers. If the people you're communicating with are willing to run it, I2P is definitely a better choice.

I should also note that I2P runs on Android devices so it can also be quite portable (although you would want to strongly prefer Wifi connections over cellular).

Re:John McAfee Media Whoring again (3, Informative)

LoRdTAW (99712) | about a year ago | (#44994057)

McAfee is talking about creating an encrypted, personal, portable mesh network device. The devices you linked are nothing more than TOR exit nodes which aren't as secure as most would like.

The idea behind a mesh network is there is no single point of control for the network, its literally a hodgepodge of nodes interacting with each other. So no ISP or internet connection needed, it is a separate network. If one node goes out the rest keep on talking to each other, you may lose contact with some clients though. Of course you won't be browsing the web with this device. Its main use would be for people in a meeting or conference who wish to share information without it going over any public networks. Sounds trivial but a plug and play solution isn't really available off the shelf unless you are talking about ad-hoc wifi which suffers from poor performance as the number of clients increases. I am sure it uses more modern wireless tech and has routing built in to balance the network traffic between nodes.

Not really Media-Whoring... yet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44995415)

Let us know when he shaves his head, grows a goatee, and starts wearing a black pork pie hat, dark sunglasses, oxford shirt with khakis and a dark jacket. Then he'll truly be media-whoring.

What? McAfee is now selling snake oil? (3, Insightful)

marcosdumay (620877) | about a year ago | (#44993463)

Well, going from anti-virus to full blown snake oil is not a complete change of direction.

Re:What? McAfee is now selling snake oil? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44993543)

Anyone who ever used McAfee antivirus can attest that it was snake oil too. So this is no change.

Magic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44993481)

How exactly would this device work? Would both the software and hardware be open source? If I cant pick it apart I want to part of it.

A black box sitting on your network is at best a horrible exploit waiting to happen and at worst an NSA/DoD backdoor.

Just in case you think of using Tor. (4, Informative)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | about a year ago | (#44993497)

EFF.org has a great page about why https is so important to use with Tor [eff.org] . Also don't use Windows......ever

Re:Just in case you think of using Tor. (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about a year ago | (#44993553)

Well, you can use windows to false-flag yourself as a good-little-citizen.

Re:Just in case you think of using Tor. (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about a year ago | (#44993671)

Also don't use Windows......ever

That's kind of hard to do at work. And if the NSA wants to pwn my Linux box I'm sure they can.

Re:Just in case you think of using Tor. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44995163)

Also don't use Windows......ever

That's kind of hard to do at work. And if the NSA wants to pwn my Linux box I'm sure they can.

Then be a double plus good citizen at work, and read/write whatever you wish at home. The NSA could pwn your Linux box the same way a thief could pick your lock - it's not too hard, but it slows them down, makes you less appealing, and prevents some drive-by attacks. There's no such thing as "perfect" security.

Re:Just in case you think of using Tor. (1)

stridebird (594984) | about a year ago | (#45000037)

Both of you are wrong. A Linux box set up according to current good practice will not be easy to pwn, even for the great NSA. Where did you get this idea from? Pay better attention to the story please. The NSA has taken advantage of the treasure trove of network communication metadata primarily, which has nothing to do with linux boxen per se, The NSA has taken advantage of access to important nodes on the internet and to listen in - where possible - to the actual packet payloads. The NSA has taken advantage of security key infrastructure and no doubt been able to decrypt SSL and more. The NSA has taken advantage of its dark political power to coerce, force or flatter the big US internet companies into giving them as much access as they could squeeze from these mega data stores. All of this is already a massive, unprecedented, ominous new development in human society. This is what the NSA has been doing. But what they haven't been doing is pwning mcgrews linux box. Nobody is, unless he's an idiot.

Re:Just in case you think of using Tor. (1)

IndustrialComplex (975015) | about a year ago | (#44995225)

EFF.org has a great page about why https is so important to use with Tor [eff.org] . Also don't use Windows......ever

So if I'm concerned about security, I should switch over to an OS that I know even less about, and will probably blindly follow guides on the internet about how to configure it and get it working for what I want.

ie: Telling people to not use Windows.... ever, doesn't really tell us the reasons why we should never use windows, and anyone blindly following such advice is likely running something unsecure or setup incorrectly.

Re:Just in case you think of using Tor. (2)

PraiseBob (1923958) | about a year ago | (#44995945)

So if I'm concerned about security, I should switch over to an OS that I know even less about, and will probably blindly follow guides on the internet about how to configure it and get it working for what I want.

That's a good way to start. Obviously when learning a new OS, you won't be an expert right away.
I'm not convinced that a lack of complete mastery in a subject is a good reason to avoid gaining any experience whatsoever.

Telling people to not use Windows.... ever, doesn't really tell us the reasons why we should never use windows,

Well, here are two reasons-
Proven: The NSA operates a botnet called Genie that runs on Windows, mostly on machines overseas. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-spy-agencies-mounted-231-offensive-cyber-operations-in-2011-documents-show/2013/08/30/d090a6ae-119e-11e3-b4cb-fd7ce041d814_story.html [washingtonpost.com]

Somewhat more speculative: The German govt believes the NSA has backdoors in the trusted computing modules in Windows 8. http://techrights.org/2013/08/22/nsa-back-doors-blowback/ [techrights.org]

Re:Just in case you think of using Tor. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44996829)

And Billy Boy agreed to allow the FBI to take and modify XP (I think it was the first) and newer OSs before they were distributed.

No information is available. (1)

Iamthecheese (1264298) | about a year ago | (#44993499)

Neither of the linked articles provided any information about what the device is and how it works. Given their descriptions it could be anything from an extra transport level encryption layer to, as someone mentioned, a tinfoil hat. This is a bad article and the editors should feel bad.

Re:No information is available. (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about a year ago | (#44993701)

This is a bad article and the editors should feel bad.

Don't blame the editors, stories are voted up or down by logged-in users. Nobody made you click the link, go play in the firehose if you want to affect what's posted.

I was at work so didn't see it, but I'd have voted "funny".

Re:No information is available. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44993913)

go play in the firehose if you want to affect what's posted.

I tried that once, registered and everything. My votes were insignificant against the slashdot groupthink, and then I started getting spam from slashdot to boot.

"Little Brother" network on FreedomBox (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44993565)

This sounds a lot like the encrypted darknet described by Cory Doctorow in his book "Little Brother". It was set up by a bunch of teenagers using Free Software and it allowed them to encrypt all of their communications and hide their identities.

The book, by the way, is freely available on his website.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Brother_%28Doctorow_novel%29

It also sounds kind of like FreedomBox, which is a concept only slightly farther along than the fictional network from Doctorow's book: http://www.freedomboxfoundation.org/learn/

Re: "Little Brother" network on FreedomBox (1)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | about a year ago | (#44994435)

Ooooohhhhhhh! Subversive!

What might be really going on (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44993579)

McAfee agrees to set up honeypot for 3-letter agencies in order to avoid investigation and possible prosecution.

John McAfee's REAL Latest Project: (5, Interesting)

Scot Seese (137975) | about a year ago | (#44993645)

.. staying relevant, supporting his ex-stripper bride and not going totally broke.

Seriously though, I love this guy. Who needs "Bering Sea Gold Dredgers", "Duck Dynasty" or "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" when Johnny Mac is out there, popping up in my news feeds like the lovably insane, Hunter S. Thompson-ish "tech Uncle" for us to slowly laugh at before going back to work?

Re:John McAfee's REAL Latest Project: (1)

FilmedInNoir (1392323) | about a year ago | (#44993745)

Damn... didn't he have two girlfriends for a bit? Can we have them make out? I'd watch that.
Ok, me and the other executives are on board with this project. When can you start shooting?
We'll air it first on History after 3 hours of Ancient Aliens, and then when the season is done, on continuous loop for G4TV.

Re:John McAfee's REAL Latest Project: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45000301)

He's deaf in one ear from one of his ex's trying to shoot him, I don't think suggesting that's a good idea even by his standards.

Re:John McAfee's REAL Latest Project: (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | about a year ago | (#44993997)

supporting his ex-stripper bride

No wonder he's in trouble. Didn't he learn never to marry them? Especially since he had something like a dozen teenaged girls acting as his "personal servants" before he went on the lam.

Re:John McAfee's REAL Latest Project: (1)

SethJohnson (112166) | about a year ago | (#44995859)

I agree with what you're saying here in relation to those reality tv shows. But out of respect to a true genius observer of culture, please refrain from comparing MacAfee to Hunter Thompson. Sure, they both abused drugs, but I wouldn't agree that MacAfee has the intellect that Thompson did in his heyday.

You've done more, better, and earlier (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44995991)

Than Mr. McAfee in software? I'd wager you haven't by comparison which makes you nothing more than some jealous little pitiful disgruntled wannabe and nothing more.

Thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44993737)

Thanks for feeding "the only people who fear surveillance are those who have done something wrong" meme, jackhole!

I can see the exemption already (1)

ThatsNotPudding (1045640) | about a year ago | (#44993753)

* Does not work in Belize.

John McCafee's latest project: (2)

Black Parrot (19622) | about a year ago | (#44993757)

Staying in the headlines.

He's still a fugitive, isn't he? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44993779)

"Now that he's finished dodging law enforcement..." Really? Did the police in Belize investigating the murder of John's neighbor solve the case, or, at least, rule out his possible involvement in the crime?

Given his exploits over the past few decades (1)

Virtucon (127420) | about a year ago | (#44993825)

He needs to focus on Youtube vids instead of serious tech. He's past it, even by his own admission. [youtube.com]

And I'd trust him why? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#44993921)

And I'm going to trust a crazy fugitive with my data why?

He may be a person who is also interested in privacy, but I see no reason at all to trust him.

The crazy enemy of my enemy might have some valid points, but he's still a crazy person.

Re:And I'd trust him why? (1)

Anarchduke (1551707) | about a year ago | (#44995045)

You should trust him because he was a successful fugitive. Lots of people run for it, not many actually succeed.

Re:And I'd trust him why? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#44995379)

Well, lots of people don't start out with millions of dollars they can use in that endeavor. You can grease a lot of palms in a developing country, and buy yourself some legitimacy in the right circles if you start our with huge sums of money.

And somehow I think if he was a fugitive from the US, they'd have gone in and gotten him by now if they wanted him badly enough.

So, I'd me more impressed if he'd done it without a huge personal fortune to make it easier, and I'm afraid my sample of other millionaires who are also fugitives to compare him against is a little limited. :-P

I still think he's batshit crazy, but sometimes that's a plus in security paranoia. But that still doesn't mean I'd trust him.

SCORPIO = (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44993989)

John McAfee x Richard Branson

McAfee building something? (2)

LoRdTAW (99712) | about a year ago | (#44994139)

I doubt McAfee is building anything. He has admitted that he is a crap coder and pretty much paid engineers to write his AV software when he was in charge of the company. I doubt he can even remember how to write code. Most likely he had this idea and decided to throw some money at people to build it for him and then slap his name on it.

Though as much as I think he is a megalomaniacal attention whore, if he has the money and it can benefit people by creating a secure, isolated network then i'm all for it. Just don't tell people YOU are building it. Tell them, you are funding it.

Re:McAfee building something? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44994899)

His last venture in (some sort of anti-viral cure bunk science) was a scam too.

Re:McAfee building something? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44996101)

"I doubt McAfee is building anything. He has admitted that he is a crap coder and pretty much paid engineers to write his AV software when he was in charge of the company."

Yeah, no kidding.

He and Bill Gates with dos, those lazy attention whores.

Oh, and they're rich, and you're not, hate much?

Re:McAfee building something? (1)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | about a year ago | (#44996531)

To be fair, Bill Gates was also incompetent in pretty much every domain except organized crime, and was unable to avoid arrest [google.com] .

This has been tried before (1)

Hentes (2461350) | about a year ago | (#44994201)

The population density isn't that big, you can't build a p2p wireless internet.

Tin Foil Cod Piece? (2)

pedropolis (928836) | about a year ago | (#44994641)

Can I get this as a Tin Foil Cod Piece (+5 ELF Shield)? Makes a great pair with my current Tin Foil Hat. Many thanks.

Wait a second (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#44994989)

having set up a 'Future Tense Central' Website with a countdown clock, a sleek logo, and a set of social-media buttons.

As far as I know, governments have access to the data behind those social medias. Maybe you click on those icons and you get yourself flagged in a special list.

"a device that ..." (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44995161)

How do you trust the device? Is it open-source hardware?

Alert: scammer tries again (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44995241)

He's a scamster. Ever seen McAfee antivirus do anything useful except collect money? I see it in the field every day and it causes more problems than it catches.

Re:Alert: scammer tries again (1)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | about a year ago | (#44996545)

So you are saying it is basically like Windows?

John (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44996661)

Hopefully he doesn't overdose before his invention is finished.

Blib: Worth checking out. (1)

BookScanner (3178527) | about a year ago | (#44996943)

Worth a checkout if you are looking for a private digital storage/private media library/private social network solution: https://register.blib.us/ [register.blib.us] (allows fast search/sharing)

Re:Blib: Worth checking out. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44997091)

It looks pretty cool but where is the data hosted ? Do they store the data on their servers ?

Re:Blib: Worth checking out. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44997279)

The user has the option of storing their data where ever they want. The user accesses their data using https (end to end encryption). Here is the FAQ: https://register.blib.us/faq

Won't he neet to comply with NSA? (1)

Shompol (1690084) | about a year ago | (#44998777)

As any commercial entity in US he will need to hand over the keys to NSA at the first request. What's the purpose of this?

Re:Won't he neet to comply with NSA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45001803)

There won't be any keys to distribute

He is actually our last hope (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44999237)

Who else would intentionally try to do something with his or her life and reputation that someone on the fringe, who understands tech, has worked with businesses that are definitely not mainstream - and are oppressive (like the military or borderline criminal), nevertheless has a sense of belonging to a global mankind, is somehow pushed over the edge (whether by drugs, ego trips, gender identity persecution, whatever), and feels a need for privacy and maybe sticking it in the eye of the people in power so strongly? This seems to connect people like RMS, Kim Dotcom, John McAffee, and Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange. I would say give him a big benefit of the doubt and good luck. As for the information-less website, well the music and mystery may appeal to McAffee. Just the idea that someone thinks such a device is necessary and is putting some effort into it is useful. And maybe others who are working on similar ideas will contact him and get some money from him or his backers.

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