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Not even prison can keep John McAfee from shilling shady crypto

John McAfee is in a Spanish prison awaiting possible extradition to the U.S. on charges of tax evasion, but that hasn’t stopped the one-time cybersecurity expert from pumping some sketchy altcoin.  McAfee, known for his love of bath salts and allegedly being secretly paid to promote questionable cryptocurrencies to his unsuspecting acolytes, has long sung the praises of dubious investments. In a rambling Q&A-style statement tweeted Monday, the 75-year-old made clear that his fundamental nature remains unchanged.  That’s right, even behind bars McAfee is trying to convince the world to invest in some random shitcoin.  After several paragraphs claiming the charges against him are politically motivated and the result of his principled stand against the Sixteenth Amendment to the U.S. constitution (that’s income tax one), McAfee gets down to business. You see, he really wants you to know about the $GHOST stablecoin that you just have to believe is the next big thing.  “My only remaining project is $GHOST,” writes McAfee. “When our private stablecoin is released, it will revolutionize crypto transactions.” I have answered questions from the European press. To save repetition my answers to each question can be found here at https://t.co/Yfr4zn8jtk If you are an established media and have additional questions please address them to my wife by email at mrsjanicemcafee@gmail.com. — John McAfee (@officialmcafee) October 26, 2020 McAfee, of course, is no stranger to grand, cryptocurrency-adjacent claims. In early October the Securities and Exchange Commission accused the self-styled penile Nostradamus of hyping initial coin offerings in…Continue readingNot even prison can keep John McAfee from shilling shady crypto

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The Verge

Google says Chinese hackers who targeted Biden campaign are faking McAfee software

Google said in a new blog post that hackers linked to the Chinese government have been impersonating antivirus software McAfee to try to infect victims’ machines with malware. And, Google says, the hackers appear to be the same group that unsuccessfully targeted the presidential campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden with a phishing attack earlier this year. A similar group of hackers based in Iran had tried to target President Trump’s campaign, but also was unsuccessful. The group, which Google refers to as APT 31 (short for Advanced Persistent Threat), would email links to users which would download malware hosted on GitHub, allowing the attacker to upload and download files and execute commands. Since the group used services like GitHub and Dropbox to carry out the attacks, it made it more difficult to track them. “Every malicious piece of this attack was hosted on legitimate services, making it harder for defenders to rely on network signals for detection,” the head of Google’s Threat Analysis Group Shane Huntley wrote in the blog post. Google In the McAfee impersonation scam, the recipient of the email would be prompted to install a legitimate version of McAfee software from GitHub, while at the same time malware was installed without the user being aware. Huntley noted that whenever Google detects that a user has been the victim of a government-backed attack, it sends them a warning. The blog post doesn’t mention who was affected by APT-31’s latest attacks, but said there had been “increased…Continue readingGoogle says Chinese hackers who targeted Biden campaign are faking McAfee software

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Wired

The Law Comes for John McAfee

In a week that Covid-19 continued its invasion of the White House, the biggest security questions continue to center on Donald Trump himself. With just a few weeks remaining until the election, the president continues to question the integrity of the process, which in turn threatens to undermine faith in the democratic process. But don’t worry, we also have stories about hacking and such! Apple’s T2 chip exists to add an extra layer of security to the company’s Mac line. Which is why it’s especially unfortunate that it has an unfixable flaw that leaves it vulnerable to hackers. There are serious limitations on what attackers could actually do and how they could do it, but still, not ideal! Also not ideal: A Chinese-speaking hacker group has been caught repurposing an especially sneaky tool that was first disclosed years ago as part of a leak of the Italy-based Hacking Team spyware company. That’s a lot of information to process for one sentence, but suffice it to say you don’t want UEFI exploits landing in criminal hands, which appears to have happened here. In better news, we took a look at how Google keeps its “Smart Replies” feature safe now that it’s been added to Android’s ubiquitous Gboard keyboard. And while Android ransomware has picked up some alarming new tricks, it’s still not a major threat—unless you’re downloading outside of the official Play Store for some reason. (Don’t do that.) The central figure in an alleged poker cheating scandal that WIRED wrote…Continue readingThe Law Comes for John McAfee

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The Verge

John McAfee has been arrested in Spain and is facing extradition

John McAfee, who built a fortune selling cybersecurity software and has in recent years become a cryptocurrency evangelist, has been indicted on charges of tax evasion by the Department of Justice (DOJ). He has been arrested in Spain and is awaiting extradition, the DOJ said. McAfee has had a contentious association with the law for years, though it’s at times unclear which run-ins are real and what has been fabricated. A former 2020 US Presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party (yes, really), he claimed that the campaign was “in exile” after he was charged with “using Crypto Cuttencies [sic] in criminal acts against the U. S. Government” in January 2019. In that same video, he said he hasn’t paid taxes in eight years. (That will matter later.) He also claimed the CIA had “attempted to collect us” in a July 2019 tweet with a photo of him on a boat holding a gun, part of an adventure that ended in his arrest and release in the Dominican Republic. The tax evasion, at least, appears to be real The full indictment released today (PDF) alleges that McAfee dodged taxes through various means, including using other people’s names — directing payments towards bank accounts, cryptocurrency accounts, real estate, a yacht, and another unnamed type of vehicle, none of which were in his own name. McAfee is also being indicted for willfully failing to file tax returns from 2014 through 2018. If convicted, McAfee faces up to five years in prison for each…Continue readingJohn McAfee has been arrested in Spain and is facing extradition

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John McAfee arrested for tax evasion, charged by SEC for touting ICOs

Today the Justice Department announced that a 2016 US presidential candidate has been indicted for tax evasion. After John McAfee was arrested in Spain, the Tax Division unsealed an indictment from June 15th claiming that he failed to file tax returns from 2014 to 2018 despite earning “millions in income from promoting cryptocurrencies, consulting work, speaking engagements, and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary.” Beyond that indictment, McAfee is also facing charges from the SEC for that cryptocurrency promotion. In a press release, the SEC explains that the charges are for McAfee promotion initial coin offerings (ICOs) via Twitter without admitting that he was getting paid as much as $23 million for it. It details the alleged scheme, as McAfee publicly promoted coin offerings for years while claiming he wasn’t being paid until admitting in 2018 that he’d received compensation. His body guard, Jimmy Watson Jr., is also facing charges for helping transfer and convert the cryptocurrency McAfee received as payment. Source linkContinue readingJohn McAfee arrested for tax evasion, charged by SEC for touting ICOs

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McAfee finds security flaws in internal mechanics of facial recognition models

Security research should be at the heart of any programme when rolling out applications that use facial recognition technologies, McAfee’s chief scientist said. “Adversarial machine learning needs to become an integral part of the rollout, and as you begin to develop these machine learning capabilities, it is important to understand how they can be misused or potentially misclassified,” Raj Samani, fellow and chief scientist at McAfee, told TechRadar Pro Middle East. In its research, McAfee has found a way to bypass facial recognition technology using model hacking. Model hacking, also known as adversarial machine learning, is the concept of exploiting weaknesses present in machine learning algorithms and evading artificial intelligence to achieve adverse results. Samani said that model hacking can misclassify a person and a person who knows model hacking can easily bypass the facial recognition technology. “We did some work on model hacking on Tesla cars recently in a bid to be able to misclassify and took a lot from that research and applied the same research in the current applications of facial recognition systems.  “We have an incredible opportunity to influence the awareness, understanding and development of more secure technologies before they are implemented in a way that has real value to the adversary. We, as an industry can focus on to get ahead of the problem,” he said. In a research conducted on the 2016 models of Tesla S and Tesla X cars, which had the MobilEye camera technology, McAfee showed that it can misclassify the speed…Continue readingMcAfee finds security flaws in internal mechanics of facial recognition models

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Bitcoin hasn’t hit $500K, so now John McAfee has to eat his own…well, just click

2020 sure does suck so far. But the year might not yet be a complete wash. still has to eat his dick on live television. Three years ago on this date, on July 17, 2017, McAfee, the eccentric founder of the antivirus software company bearing his name, made the bet of a lifetime.  Bitcoub’s low of $1,800+ yesterday simply could not be maintained. In the long term Bitcoin moves above $500,000 within three years. Bets? — John McAfee (@officialmcafee) July 17, 2017 McAfee made a bet that in three years a single bitcoin (1 BTC) would be worth $500,000.  Now while most people would throw down money to make this bet, McAfee had a very different idea. if not, I will eat my dick on national television. — John McAfee (@officialmcafee) July 17, 2017 In a reply to Twitter user @DogMagUra, who was simply double-checking McAfee’s claim that 1 BTC would be worth $500,000 in three years, the unconventional software millionaire and former “person of interest” in a murder investigation responded:  “If not, I will eat my dick on national television.” McAfee probably thought it was a winning bet at the time. The cryptocurrency news on July 17, 2017 great — Bitcoin had just fallen below $2,000 after a big uptick — but later that year it would hit its all-time high: $19,800. Fast forward to July 17, 2020, three years from the day McAfee made his bet. Today, a bitcoin is worth around $9,150. It’s certainly up from three…Continue readingBitcoin hasn’t hit $500K, so now John McAfee has to eat his own…well, just click