Part-time fugitive and antivirus software founder John McAfee has a new invention he's working on. After spending some of his time filming a drug-fueled video tutorial to uninstall the antivirus program he helped create, McAfee now believes he can outsmart the NSA. Speaking at the C2SV Technology Conference on Saturday, McAfee unveiled his grand plan to create a "D-Central" gadget that communicates with smartphones, tablets, and laptops to create decentralized networks that can't be accessed by government agencies.
Mike Fey, global chief technology officer at security software company McAfee, has retracted the company's claims that pinned worldwide losses from cyber crime at more than $1tn, adding that supposedly more conservative (gu)estimates were also "hard for me to swallow".
"I wish we had never put a dollar figure on it," Fey told the Australian Financial Review. "[It is] very scary to just latch onto the number."
The chances were always slim that antivirus founder John McAfee would return to his former mansion in Belize and now he can’t. Last Thursday it burned down, more evidence according to McAfee, that he’s no longer welcome in the country.
In a blog, McAfee claimed that the destruction of his beautiful waterside Shangri-La amidst the palm trees was arson motivated by anger at the acquittal of some of his employees over unspecified charges related to their time working for him.
McAfee said it has found a vulnerability in Adobe Systems' Reader program that reveals when and where a PDF document is opened.
The issue is not a serious problem and does not allow for remote code execution, wrote McAfee's Haifei Li in a blog post. But McAfee does consider it a security problem and has notified Adobe. It affects every version of Adobe Reader, including the latest version, 11.0.2, Li wrote.
McAfee is sprucing up its cloud security portfolio with a couple of products from its parent company, Intel.
For starters, Intel is adding single sign-on and one-time password solutions that were previously sold and developed by Intel to its portfolio.
Reintroduced as the SaaS-based McAfee Single Sign On solution, the feature includes unlimited SSO connectors, built-in multi-factor authetnication, hybrid deployments (i.e. on-premise, SaaS or both), and 24-hour customer support. Pricing ranges from $1 to $5 per user based on the number of users/seats.