Abandoned wait for McAfee's “death switch”

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Published 24 July 2021 at 17.19

Abroad. Did computer security expert John McAfee create a so-called “death switch” before he died that, in the event of his death, would leak secret and compromising information about various people in power? In any case, many people believe that.

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It has been just over a month today since John McAfee, known as the creator of the antivirus program McAfee, died in a prison cell in Spain. He was 75 years old at the time and was accused in the United States of illegal tax evasion.

McAfee's death, which is officially classified as suicide, has given rise to conspiracy theories and speculation that he was in fact murdered because he knew too much. He himself claimed before his death that he kept secrets about powerful politicians and governments.

In October last year, McAfee tweeted that if he was found dead in his prison cell, it would not be because he had taken his own life. Despite this, he was found dead in his prison cell in June this year and was alleged to have committed suicide.

And now there are those who believe that the computer mogul programmed a program that, in the event of his death, would automatically leak large lots of secret documents and compromising information about powerful people. And it is this “death switch” that is waiting to be triggered.

According to a hypothesis put forward on a website, all this data, a total of several terabytes, would have been released yesterday. However, the postponed deadline came, and went, without any compromising information coming to light. It therefore remains to be seen whether John McAfee planned any revenge from the other side.