'I'm foolish,' fugitive anti-virus pioneer McAfee tells CNN

After weeks on run from Belize police, tech guru tells reporter he'll return when girlfriend is safe

By , Computerworld |  Security, John McAfee

McAfee's blog site berated members of what he called the "mainstream media" for portraying his actions as bizarre and erratic.

"How long can the press maintain the 'Drug crazed madman' perspective? I think it will end with Vice Magazine's story. They have seen and heard everything," he said.

McAfee founded McAfee Inc., now a subsidiary of Intel, in 1987. Though he's believed to have made hundreds of millions of dollars from the venture, he has had little association with anti-virus company in recent years.

McAfee moved to Belize a few years ago and set up a drug manufacturing company called QuorumEx.

Earlier this year, Belize's Gang Suppression Unit raided McAfee's home on suspicion that he was running a meth lab. Though they found close to $20,000 in cash, several shotguns and pistols and hundreds of bullets, the lab itself turned out to be involved in manufacturing an herbal antibacterial compound.

The guns were all licensed.

Jaikumar Vijayan covers data security and privacy issues, financial services security and e-voting for Computerworld. Follow Jaikumar on Twitter at @jaivijayan, or subscribe to Jaikumar's RSS feed . His e-mail address is jvijayan@computerworld.com.

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