Last year, John McAfee (News - Alert) was a person of interest in a murder in Belize. He since has apparently cleared up that issue – though still denies his involvement – and is now going around offering information on a gadget that could prevent government spies from successfully undertaking surveillance on someone.
Called "Decentral," the device, once it’s built and offered, should sell for less than $100, McAfee said during a recent appearance in San Jose, Calif.
"There will be no way (for the government) to tell who you are or where you are," McAfee was quoted by the San Jose Mercury News during the C2SV Technology Conference and Music Festival.
If the U.S. government prevents it from being sold, McAfee said he will “sell it in England, Japan, the Third World. This is coming and cannot be stopped."
“By communicating with smartphones, tablets and other devices, it will create decentralized, floating and moving local networks that can't be penetrated by government spy agencies,” The San Jose Mercury News reported on the device based on McAfee’s statements.
It will offer a range of some three blocks in a city and a quarter mile in rural areas, he said. He called it “localized.”
As of now, the first prototype has yet to be made. He is looking for investment partners, according to ZDNet.
“I’ve been thinking about this product for years,” McAfee said. “I can’t get out of security. For some reason it’s part of my brain. Part of my thinking.”
During the conversation, he cited the power held by both the NSA (National Security Agency), which is involved in controversial surveillance methods, and hackers.
“We live in a very insecure world,” he added.
Long before Belize police wanted to question him about his neighbor’s murder, McAfee gained fame as the founder of the well-known anti-virus software company.