John McAfee, the American businessman and creator of one of the most famous antivirus programs, was found dead inside a prison cell in Barcelona, Spain. And just hours after a Spanish court approved his deportation to the United States to stand trial in a tax evasion case, according to the BBC.
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McAfee was behind the release of the first anti-virus software on the market, and helped launch a multi-billion dollar industry, before its ownership was transferred to Intel in a deal worth more than $7.6 billion.
McAfee was arrested in Spain in October 2020 and accused of failing to pay tax returns over a period of 4 years, despite earning millions from consulting work, participating in lectures, cryptocurrency and selling the rights to write his life story.
The US Department of Justice accused John McAfee of tax evasion by transferring his income to other bank accounts and cryptocurrency exchange accounts under other names, and was accused of hiding property, including a yacht and real estate, behind the names of other people.
On Wednesday morning, the Spanish court agreed to extradite him to the United States to face the charges against him.
The BBC reported that Elpais newspaper published on its website that McAfee had always claimed that he was the victim of a conspiracy to undermine him, but – according to the newspaper – he did not provide “clear evidence” that he was being tried for political or ideological reasons.
The name John McAfee – born in Gloucestershire in Britain – emerged when his company was founded and the “McAfee Virus” program was launched in the eighties.
Despite being a pioneer in the field of computer security, McAfee previously admitted to the BBC that he had not used his software or any other security software on the computers he owned.
In an interview with the BBC’s Leo Killion in 2013, McAfee said, “I always protect myself by constantly changing the IP address, not entering my name on any device I use, and not visiting websites that may be a source of the virus,” and added, “Like porn sites.” .
McAfee had made offers to become the Libertarian Party’s candidate in the US presidential elections in 2016 and 2020, but they failed. In 2019, he expressed his disdain for taxes, tweeting that he had not filed for 8 years because “taxes are illegal”, and in the same year he was briefly detained in the Dominican Republic for allegedly bringing weapons into the country.