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Intel ditches McAfee brand: 'THANK GOD' shouts McAfee the man

Intel has announced plans to phase out the infamous McAfee anti-virus brand over the next year in favour of a new Intel Security brand. The re-branding will begin immediately, but the transition will take up to a year before it is complete with the introduction of new versions of security software products from the technology …
John Leyden, 07 Jan 2014
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John McAfee declares war on Android

John McAfee has reportedly decided on his next product, according to Silicon Angle, which says the colourful security entrepreneur has produced something called “Cognizant”. The Android app is a security tool of sorts, inasmuch as it reportedly takes a census of all the apps on your Android device and then reports on what they …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2014
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John McAfee punted from Portland party pad

IT's funnest guy, John McAfee, is making news again for things that have very little to do with technology. McAfee-watchers will recall that he last year found himself in all sorts of trouble after being accused of murder, fleeing Belize before being deported from Guatemala to the USA. He later washed up in the hipster city of …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2013
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McAfee chap is back in crypto-wrap chat app back flap

Antivirus pioneer and one-time fugitive John McAfee has backed Chadder, a new instant-messaging app for smartphones that promises "the highest degree of security and privacy." The app is being marketed by Future Tense Central, a J.McAfee-owned company that claims to be headquartered in Silicon Valley, although McAfee himself was …
Neil McAllister, 05 May 2014
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McAfee accused of McSlurping Open Source Vulnerability Database

Intel security subsidiary McAfee may be in hot water after it allegedly scraped thousands of records from the Open Source Vulnerability Database instead of paying for them. The surreptitious slurp was said to be conducted using fast scripts after McAfee formally inquired about purchasing a license to the data. Those scripts, …
Darren Pauli, 08 May 2014
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McAfee the man launches 'NSA-thwarting' $100 privacy gizmo

John McAfee, the wild man of security software, has unveiled plans for a cheap gadget for decentralised networking that he claims can keep users safe from the prying eyes of government. The D-Central, which McAfee hopes to produce within six months, would cost around $100, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Technically we seem …
John Leyden, 01 Oct 2013
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John McAfee tweets from BEYOND THE GRAVE: Drug binge death? Not me, mate

Antivirus software wild man John McAfee has joined Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother, Fidel Castro, and poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in receiving a premature obituary. Internet rumours that surfaced on Tuesday falsely claimed the self-described “eccentric millionaire” and entrepreneur had died at the Palms Casino Resort in …
John Leyden, 11 Sep 2013
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John McAfee on a plane to America

Antiviral fugitive John McAfee is on his way to the USA, after Guatemala booted him out. McAfee's blog features an audio interview he gave to Bloomberg in which he says he has been forced to apologise to the President of Guatemala, as his arrival in the nation coincided with negotiations of a treaty with Belize, the nation he …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2012

UK unis, McAfee collude to beat collusion attacks

The UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is backing research designed to improve detection of “collusion” between malicious apps on the Android platform. Collusion attacks use malicious apps with different levels of permissions to bypass Android access controls. For example, one app might request …
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McAfee seeks asylum in Guatemala

Fugitive software millionaire John McAfee is in Guatemala, as was accidentally revealed yesterday by stray EXIF metadata in an image posted at lifestyle magazine Vice (first denied by McAfee who claimed he’d faked the data). McAfee has spoken to journalists in Guatemala City, reiterating his belief that the government of Belize …
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John McAfee releases NSFW video on how to uninstall security code

International fugitive, criminal suspect and self-described eccentric millionaire John McAfee has released a tongue-in-cheek video explaining how to uninstall the security software that still bears his name. McAfee claims that one of the most frequent questions he's asked is how to get rid of the pernicious software, despite his …
Iain Thomson, 19 Jun 2013
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Guatemalan judge orders McAfee released from detention

A Guatemalan judge has reportedly ordered the release of John McAfee, after ruling the anti-virus pioneer turned Belizean manhunt target was being detained illegally. McAfee is due to be released from detention at the central immigration centre in Guatemala City on Wednesday. In an update to his official blog, McAfee said he …
John Leyden, 12 Dec 2012
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John McAfee blogs from Guatemalan jail, says coffee excellent

John McAfee has been arrested in Guatemala and says the nation's jails are far nicer than those in Belize. McAfee has blogged about his arrest, saying "I asked for a computer and one magically appeared. The coffee is also excellent." McAfee's post also says "Only time will tell what will happen. No one has a crystal ball. …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2012
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John McAfee 'captured'

Fugitive anti-viral figurehead John McAfee has reportedly been captured while trying to cross the border from Belize to Mexico. “We have received an unconfirmed report that John McAfee has been captured at the border of Belize and Mexico,” states a blog post dated December 1st. McAfee has been on the run since being linked to a …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Dec 2012
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McAfee all-in-one security suite covers PCs, tablets, and smartphones

McAfee has launched an all-in-one cross-platform security suite for consumers that incorporates online storage through biometric authentication as well as a host of other security technologies. Equally importantly, the Intel security division is trying to shake up the way security software is sold to consumers. The McAfee …
John Leyden, 15 May 2013

McAfee dumps signatures and proclaims an (almost) end to botnets

Signature-based malware identification has been around since the dawn of the computer security industry, but McAfee has said it's dumping the system – or rather, adapting it – in an upgraded security suite which will (it claims) virtually eliminate susceptibility to botnets. McAfee's malware signature database has grown to over …
Iain Thomson, 26 Feb 2013
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John McAfee rushed to hospital over heart attack fears

Eccentric tech millionaire and fugitive John McAfee was rushed to a hospital in Guatemala on Thursday after suffering what his lawyer says were two mild heart attacks. At the time, McAfee was in the custody of Guatemala's Special Police Task Force, which had detained him for questioning after he entered the country illegally …
Neil McAllister, 06 Dec 2012
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'Small' upheaval at McAfee, not many fired

Intel-owned security firm McAfee is planning to lay off some of its 7,000-strong global workforce, a company spokesman in the US has said. The No 2 maker of antivirus software would not give any further details about the planned redundancies, only admitting that a "small percentage" of staff would be axed. The US spokesman …
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McAfee takes time off blogging to concentrate on being chased by police

Followers of on-the-run cybersecurity baron John McAfee will be sorry to hear that he won't be updating his blog for the next few days. The billionaire inventor of McAfee antivirus software told friend Chad Essley this morning that "something had happened" and that he needed to move to another location. Despite being the target …
Anna Leach, 22 Nov 2012
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McAfee ‘not a suspect’: CNN report

The story of John McAfee’s pursuit in Belize has taken an odd turn: a police spokesperson has told CNN that the anti-virus pioneer is “not a suspect” in the investigation surrounding the murder of his neighbour. This CNN report states that McAfee is still being sought for questioning. Wired has reported that he buried himself …
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Belize PM: McAfee boss is 'bonkers', should 'man up and talk to cops'

Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow has called the founder of McAfee antivirus software "bonkers" and "extremely paranoid", wading into discussion over internet guru's decision to first hide in the sand and then go on the run from the police in the Central American country. "I don't want to be unkind," said the PM in remarks …
Anna Leach, 15 Nov 2012
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McAfee splats bug that knocked punters offline

Antivirus maker McAfee has fixed a problem that cut off punters' internet connections earlier this week. The snafu, caused by a dodgy update for the Intel-owned malware whack-a-mole product, also knackered enterprise versions although it didn't send users offline. For both the consumer and business builds, the error was traced …
John Leyden, 23 Aug 2012
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John McAfee talks of sex, drugs, and bad coding

Tech mogul turned fugitive blogger John McAfee has been taking questions in a Slashdot Q&A that reveal a claimed life of drug smuggling, political corruption, and living with a hammered testicle. The British-born McAfee recounts that from 1971 to 1982 (when he was employed by UNIVAC and Computer Sciences Corporation to write …
Iain Thomson, 08 May 2013
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McAfee founder claims police framing him for murder

John McAfee, antivirus pioneer and current fugitive from the Belizean police, claims he is being set up by locals as the fall guy for the murder of his next-door neighbor. "Under no circumstances am I going to willingly talk to the police in this country," he told Wired. "You can say I'm paranoid about it but they will kill me, …
Iain Thomson, 13 Nov 2012
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John McAfee goes Hollywood with Warner Bros. movie deal

The story of antivirus pioneer–cum–blogging fugitive John McAfee could soon hit the big screen, with Warner Bros. reportedly having optioned the tale for a possible feature film. This isn't the first time McAfee has been approached about a movie based on his exploits. In December, he inked a deal for the rights to his story with …
Neil McAllister, 14 Jan 2013

Report: McAfee founder wanted for murder in Belize

John McAfee, the founder of the antivirus software firm that still bears his name, is wanted in Belize in connection with the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull, who was found dead on Sunday. Marco Vidal, head of the country's Gang Suppression Unit, told Gizmodo that McAfee was a prime suspect in the case. Faull, who …
Iain Thomson, 12 Nov 2012
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McAfee tears wrapping off MSP scheme, hands it to resellers

McAfee is formally hoisting resellers into the hosted services game with a Managed Service Partner programme for its security software and services. The utility style monthly-billed subscription to be sold via distributors includes protection for endpoints, servers/ networks, virtual environment and mobile devices – software …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2012
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McAfee: Not all partners are cut out to be SaaS providers

UK channel partners "need a lot of handholding" when it comes to software-as-a-service solutions, EMEA president Gert Jan Schenk has said. Speaking to El Chan at the McAfee EMEA Channel Summit, Schenk said that software-as-a-service was something the firm was introducing "carefully" in Blighty. "Cloud is a buzzword and …

McAfee enlists 2e2 for BYOD security blitz

2e2, the big UK reseller, won a tasty cloud gig this week, to supply McAfee Enterprise Mobility Manager (EMM) as a hosted service to telcos and managed service providers. 2e2's hosted resellers will in turn offer the McAfee mobile device management software to their own customers, large and small. Sales prospects are telcos …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jun 2012
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McAfee warns of Project Blitzkrieg hack attack on US banks

Security firm McAfee warns that there is a credible threat of a coordinated Spring offensive against at least 30 US banks next year by Eastern European fraudsters. Talk of Project Blitzkrieg started after a message in September on a hacking board from a user identifying himself as vorVzakone, who was looking for recruits for a …
Iain Thomson, 15 Dec 2012

Look out, world! Are you ready for John McAfee: THE MOVIE?

Antivirus pioneer John McAfee, who found himself at the centre of Central America's hottest manhunt in recent history, has sold the exclusive film rights to his life story. McAfee was named by police as a "person of interest" but not a suspect following the murder of his neighbour Gregory Faull in Belize in November. McAfee went …
John Leyden, 11 Dec 2012
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McAfee embraces managed services providers

McAfee is to unwrap a hosted channel programme in Q3, 2012, the IT security vendor told a press briefing in Marbella today. McAfee's global channel boss Gavin Struthers said the company currently works with Managed Services Providers on a bespoke basis; the new programme is intended to bring all hosted channel initiatives under …
Drew Cullen, 12 Jun 2012
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John McAfee remains on the run, but outside Belize

Reports of John McAfee arrest on the Mexico-Belize border have turned out to be a false positive. The eccentric tech millionaire, named by Belize police as "person of interest" in the murder of his neighbour Gregory Faull three weeks ago, was reported to have been arrested by his own The Hinterland blog on Saturday. The same …
John Leyden, 03 Dec 2012
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McAfee: Emma Watson riskiest celebrity search

In McAfee's latest survey of the celebrity searches most likely to lead to malware infection, Emma Watson – perhaps best known as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films – has taken the top spot, knocking off model Heidi Klum from last year's most-likely-to-infect honors. emma watson Be careful what you search for... …
Iain Thomson, 11 Sep 2012
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John McAfee: Let me go to the USA - or old Blighty

Former anti-virus mogul turned fugitive John McAfee has appealed to be allowed to return to the United States rather than deported from Guatemala to Belize. Authorities in Belize want to question McAfee as a person of interest in the murder of his neighbour, Gregory Faull. McAfee went into hiding with his 20-year-old girlfriend …
John Leyden, 10 Dec 2012
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McAfee vows to swell resellers' bottom lines with MEGA framework

McAfee has herded its channel "profitability" programmes into one mega global framework as it continues to court resellers. The security giant has put six schemes – including deal registration, tiered pricing and rebates – into its Profitability Stack. In a PR statement, McAfee senior veep of worldwide channels Gavin Struthers …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jul 2012
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McAfee founder raided in Belize by gang-busting police

John McAfee, retired founder of McAfee Antivirus, has had his Belize laboratory raided and his dog shot during a dawn raid by thirty officers of the local police Gang Suppression Unit. At 6am on Monday morning the officers with a warrant stormed McAfee's laboratory, which researches ways to use bacterial communication to fight …
Iain Thomson, 04 May 2012
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John McAfee blogs for help, offers $25K reward for neighbour's killer

John McAfee has taken time out from life on the lam to start a blog. The antivirus pioneer is wanted for questioning by Belize police in connection with the murder of one of his neighbours in the Central American country, although they maintain he is not a suspect. McAfee's neighbour, Gregory Faull, a fellow US expat, was shot …
John Leyden, 19 Nov 2012
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McAfee upgrades cloud security and Intel identity kit

McAfee has upgraded its enterprise Cloud Security Platform and activated the first in a series of integrations with parent company Intel's identity management systems. The security company has beefed up data loss systems to cover email and web gateways and added in a simplified management control and reporting panel that allow …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jun 2012
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Assange voted in to play John McAfee in upcoming blockbuster

Julian Assange™ is the natural choice to play John McAfee in a movie of the anti-virus pioneer's colourful life, according to a poll by Reg readers. The Wikileaks founder secured 148 votes in our poll, making him a shoe-in for the starring role in Running in the Background: The True Story of John McAfee. The Australian took more …
John Leyden, 14 Dec 2012
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McAfee head vanishes, replaced by two more

McAfee has decided that it needs two presidents – namely Michael DeCesare and Todd Gebhert – to replace David DeWalt, who is quitting the firm. The Intel-owned vendor said it is creating an office of the president for the duo, who will report to Renee James, senior veep and GM at Chipzilla and chairman of McAfee. In a blurb …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jul 2011
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McAfee puts Barnaby Jack on car-jacking hackers' case

McAfee has put together an elite team of researchers to investigate how to go about protecting car systems from next-generation hacking attacks. Members of the team include Barnaby Jack, the security researcher best known for demonstrating ways that crooks can force ATMs to spit out cash and for highlighting security …
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2012
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Mozilla to Firefox users: Ditch crashtastic McAfee plugin

Mozilla is advising Firefox users to disable a McAfee plugin that the open-source browser supplier blames for a high volume of crashes. McAfee's ScriptScan software causes "stability or security problems", according to Firefox. Users of the software are confronted with a message stating the plugin has been "blocked for your …
John Leyden, 05 Oct 2011
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John McAfee the Belize spymaster uncovers 'ricin, terrorist plots'

Infosec daredevil John McAfee claims he became a spymaster in Belize after giving laptops infected with espionage malware to police and government officials. McAfee, who moved to the central American low-tax haven some years ago, further claimed he supervised a ring of 23 women and six men as operatives, and tasked them with …
John Leyden, 07 Jan 2013
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BILLIONS of digital dollars go AWOL to cybercrooks, says study

Cybercrime costs the world $400bn every year – enough to send three International Space Stations into orbit – according to research commissioned by antivirus software house McAfee. Widely regarded as the most expensive object ever created, the International Space Station has cost the world about $150bn so far. But that's small …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Jun 2014
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Mcafee gets fierce about resellers (but in a good way)

To Marbella, for sun, sea and the McAfee EMEA partner summit. We saw little in way of breaking news from the conference: McAfee is squirrelling away the big announcements for its annual Focus security shindig in Las Vegas in October. And we have little to write about life at McAfee under Intel, which bought the company for $6. …
Drew Cullen, 20 Jun 2012
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Spam-squirting hole found in McAfee antivirus kit

McAfee is promising to patch a vulnerability in its hosted anti-malware service after it found a flaw that allowed systems where the product was installed to be turned into potential spam-relay nodes. SaaS for Total Protection, the vulnerable software, will be patched on "January 18 or 19, as soon as we have finished testing", …
John Leyden, 19 Jan 2012
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McAfee site crawling with scripting bugs say researchers

Flaws on McAfee's website leave it vulnerable to cross-site scripting and other attacks, security researchers warn. YGN Ethical Hacker Group also discovered various lesser information disclosure bugs on the security firm's website, according to an advisory published on a full disclosure mailing list on Monday. YGN said it …
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2011
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Got a botnet? Thinking of using it to mine Bitcoin? Don't bother

Despite an increase in popularity over recent months amongst botnet operators, malware-powered Bitcoin mining brings little to no financial return, say experts. Security giant McAfee contends in its quarterly threat report (PDF) that commercial botnet controllers and malware packages have been adding cryptocurrency mining …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jun 2014
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McAfee to wipe mess off .xxx pr0n sites

ICM Registry, which plans to start selling .xxx domain names later this year, has inked a deal with McAfee to provide a free daily security scan for every website at a .xxx address. The deal with the Intel-owned security business is worth $8m, according to ICM. McAfee will scan every .xxx domain name every day for security …
Kevin Murphy, 28 Jun 2011