John McAfee Is Back With NSA-Thwarting Gizmo

Murder suspect at large unveils plans for 'Decentral'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2013 4:20 PM CDT
John McAfee's Back With NSA-Thwarting Gizmo
In this Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 file photo, Anti-virus software founder John McAfee walks on Ocean Drive in the South Beach area of Miami Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

If John McAfee's latest tech venture is a hit, the US government might regret letting him flee Belize. The antivirus tycoon-turned-fugitive unveiled plans to create and market a pocket-sized device that would thwart the NSA's surveillance efforts at an event this weekend in San Jose, the Mercury News reports. The device, which he calls the "Decentral," creates floating, moving local networks, effectively creating a small shadow internet that only people within a few blocks can access.

McAfee sees the device retailing for $100, and thinks he can have a prototype ready in six months. He says if the US government tries to ban the product, "I'll sell it in England, Japan, the Third World. This is coming and cannot be stopped." Asked if he thought criminals would use the device, he replied, "It will of course be used for nefarious purposes, just like the telephone is." For more on McAfee's adventures on the lam, click here. (More John McAfee stories.)

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