Computer programmer and crypto evangelist dies at 75


According to a report by the Spanish international news agency EFE, John McAfee was find died in his prison cell at the Brians 2 prison on Wednesday.

Born in 1945, McAfee founded software company McAfee Associates in his early forties. His company was responsible for one of the most well-known antivirus software at the time. He resigned from the company in 1994 and went on to found software company Tribal Voice – which was the originator of one of the first Internet instant messaging and chat programs – as well as technology company QuorumEx and the security and privacy company Future Tense Central.

McAfee made headlines in the crypto space and mainstream media for a July 2017 prediction that the price of Bitcoin (BTC) would hit $ 500,000 by 2020. When the price of the crypto asset appeared Even more bullish in November 2017, McAfee doubled, claiming that BTC would hit $ 1 million by 2021.

None of the predictions ultimately came true, nor did he qualify for his extravagant bet in which he claims he would “eat [his] dick on national television “if the price didn’t reach $ 500,000. However, a non-fungible token (NFT) animation jokingly showing the 75-year-old fulfilling his promise is available to buy in the Rarible market.

The US government had requested McAfee’s extradition on charges including failing to submit income tax returns from 2014 to 2018 and failing to report income related to the promotion of crypto projects and works. of advice. In October 2020, authorities arrested McAfee at Barcelona International Airport, detaining him until an extradition decision could be made.

Related: McAfee on BTC, Exile and the United States: “The current system cannot survive under any circumstances”

McAfee posts regular updates from its Twitter account, initially saying he was “happy” with his situation and had friends in prison, also describing the conditions of his incarceration. One of his last posts said he had lost all of his crypto holdings and many of his friends.

Earlier Wednesday, a Spanish court ruled that McAfee could have been extradited to the United States after the approval of the country’s cabinet and the ability for his legal team to appeal the decision. The 75-year-old had previously argued that the charges against him were politically motivated and that if he had been extradited he would have spent the rest of his life in prison.

At Cointelegraph, we regret the loss of an iconoclastic figure like McAfee and offer our condolences to his family and friends. McAfee is survived by his wife, Janice.


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