Eccentric 67-year-old millionaire John McAfee has a plan to thwart the National Security Agency’s surveillance of Americans.
The founder of anti-virus software giant McAfee — a company he has since severed ties with — wants to sell Americans a $100 pocket-sized device capable of creating a series of decentralized local networks that will enable users to fly under the radar when online.
“There will be no way (for the government) to tell who you are or where you are,” he said during a recent interview at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.
Dubbed the D-Central, the piece of hardware will communicate with users’ other devices — tablets, Smartphones etc. — to generate a string of decentralized local networks for browsing the Internet and other online activities. As private networks that basically float in cyberspace, it is very difficult for agencies like the NSA to monitor them, McAfee said.
McAfee admitted the device could be used for “nefarious purposes,” but said that most devices, including the telephone can be “used for nefarious purposes” as well.
McAfee said he has been mulling over the idea of such a device for the past few years, but the news of the past few months revealing the scope of the NSA’s surveillance convinced him to hasten the product’s development.
Although McAfee realizes the U.S. may not permit him to sell D-Central in the country after it’s developed, he said he will simply sell the device in other countries.
“I’ll sell it in England, Japan, the Third World,” he said. “This is coming and cannot be stopped.”
Although known as a technology genius of sorts, McAfee is likely best known for his well-publicized month on the run in Belize last December with his 20-year-old girlfriend in an attempt to avoid questioning in connection with the murder of his neighbor.
McAfee, who was arrested in Guatemala after illegally entering the country was eventually deported back to the U.S. He has claimed his life would be in danger if he were to be returned to Belize because he is in possession of sensitive information about official corruption and refuses to give money to local politicians.
After being deported back to the U.S. last December, McAfee admitted to playing the “crazy card” during his time on the run.
The Belize authorities have said they do not plan to have McAfee extradited back to their country for questioning in connection with the killing of McAfee’s neighbor Gregory Faull, who was found shot to death Nov. 10, 2012.