John McAfee Reveals "Decentral" Anti-NSA-Spying Gadget

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John McAfee Reveals "Decentral" Anti-NSA-Spying Gadget

And if the U.S. government bans its sale, "I'll sell it in England, Japan, the Third World. This is coming and cannot be stopped."

Former fugitive, founder of McAfee Anti-virus, and by some accounts, corpse: John McAfee has announced to the world his "Decentral" device at the C2SV Technology Conference + Music Festival in San Jose. The as-yet-unbuilt device will cost less than $100, and 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.

"There will be no way (for the government) to tell who you are or where you are," McAfee told the enthusiastic crowd of software engineers. And what if the U.S Government bans the sale of McAfee's miracle device, you may ask? "I'll sell it in England, Japan, the Third World. This is coming and cannot be stopped."

McAfee plans to finish the first prototype of the Decentral within six months, and says the finished product will be compatible with both Android and iOS platforms. "I cannot imagine one college student in the world who will not stand in line to get one," said McAfee.

McAfee, who may have recently dropped a few notches on the sanity meter, cannot be denied his entrepreneurial genius. In 1989, he founded McAfee anti-virus, a company that was once worth over $100 million.

He says that the idea for Decentral came to him well before the now infamous Edward Snowden ordeal, but says Snowden's actions inspired him. "[after Snowden] it became the right time to make it real." When asked if Decentral could be used for criminal purposes, he said "It will of course be used for nefarious purposes, just like the telephone is."

Source: Mercury News

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Right, so he hasn't built it yet, but once he has, it'd be totally secure against any zillion dollar government agencies.

Ah huh.

I will bet five of those english pounds he goes missing in the next 6 months.

Implying this isn't just a false flag by the GUBMENT to TRICK US INTO THINKING we're secure while they really watch everything we do ahahahahehuehuehue YOU CAN'T FOOL ME MCAFFEE, ONLY MY TINFOIL HAT IS SAFE

PS: Sarcasm aside, if it's real it sounds neat.

thaluikhain:
Right, so he hasn't built it yet, but once he has, it'd be totally secure against any zillion dollar government agencies.

Ah huh.

Cute huh? I guarantee that it will be smashed through after its first fortnight on sale. (if it ever gets created and released that is)

I'll give him the benefit of a doubt.
It'll work ... sure ... and double your ping times.
Right?

thaluikhain:
Right, so he hasn't built it yet, but once he has, it'd be totally secure against any zillion dollar government agencies.

Ah huh.

Government agencies like the NSA are woefully inept when it comes to cybercrime.

There are stories of government systems going down for days at a time because some punk kid made a computer virus that crashed their shit.

I'd take anything this guy says with a grain of salt.

Machine Man 1992:

thaluikhain:
Right, so he hasn't built it yet, but once he has, it'd be totally secure against any zillion dollar government agencies.

Ah huh.

Government agencies like the NSA are woefully inept when it comes to cybercrime.

There are stories of government systems going down for days at a time because some punk kid made a computer virus that crashed their shit.

Oh certainly, not recognising problems like that is an issue, however, if you wave a target in front of them, they will realise it is there.

It's a nice idea, but it sounds like it'll only succeeds if it reaches critical mass in your area and you can't reach critical mass if it costs 80$ and doesn't work until it reaches critical mass.

So its TOR but built into a physical device?

Not sure I see the big advantage of that.

Ponyholder:

thaluikhain:
Right, so he hasn't built it yet, but once he has, it'd be totally secure against any zillion dollar government agencies.

Ah huh.

Cute huh? I guarantee that it will be smashed through after its first fortnight on sale. (if it ever gets created and released that is)

By Anonymous maybe, but the government isn't known for it's aptitude in hacking and preventing hacking.

Of course, don't want the Government to find out who killed his neighbor in Belize.

Vie:
So its TOR but built into a physical device?

Not sure I see the big advantage of that.

more mobile, I dont remember if TOR is on iOS or Android yet, let alone tablets.

Plus you have to realize that most people dont know how to set it up properly and end up thinking they are hidden when really they are not.

So it's a device that'll ping a wide variety of wireless devices for ips and send dupes of them along with your own so you essentially mask your ip with a crap tonne of others? Doesn't that exist already and I'm pretty sure that does crap all to stop people from finding you through your service provider?

My first thought: it's not going to work. The fact that a user can still recieve data means there are ways for others to get it.

My second thought: that being said, it spreads a culture of anti-spying and brings awareness to people about the whole situation. Especially if the US actually does outlaw it, at which point an already hated agency gets even more questions asked about it. Might even be a first step in riling people up enough to smash the NSA entirely, although I think that's mostly just wishful thinking. Even if it was destroyed and its records purged, something else would arise in its place. Governments are too paranoid to do any less, privacy be damned. But anti-spying culture should be encouraged regardless.

So this supposed device creates a wireless local network? That seems kinda useless, since A, all it will allow is device to device communication, like saaaaaay Bluetooth. B, I cant see this network being anymore secure than mobile wifi emitters to local hacking attempts. And finally C, you wont be able to connect to the internet with it. Which makes it all kinda pointless. To conclude, I think hes full of shit.

>I can't imagine a single college student who won't be in line to get one

MacAfee? Yeah, right here, I'm a college student and I'm not planning to buy your bullshit.

Danceofmasks:
I'll give him the benefit of a doubt.
It'll work ... sure ... and double your ping times.
Right?

Ping time doesn't really matter for streaming video or text/chat. As long as there's no packet loss, having a conference call is pretty doable with a 500 millisecond delay.

I mean, I dunno, yeah, playing LoL or WoW will suck on it, but who in their right mind would use PvP for nefarious purposes?

I could imagine the UK outlawing this a lot faster than the US govt, considering the UK loves spying on their people almost more than the US.

Ukomba:

Ponyholder:

thaluikhain:
Right, so he hasn't built it yet, but once he has, it'd be totally secure against any zillion dollar government agencies.

Ah huh.

Cute huh? I guarantee that it will be smashed through after its first fortnight on sale. (if it ever gets created and released that is)

By Anonymous maybe, but the government isn't known for it's aptitude in hacking and preventing hacking.

Somehow I doubt that a few code monkeys and ex government employees are better than current Gov't Employees who studied and learned how to do it.

Steven Bogos:
In 1989, he founded McAfee anti-virus, a company that was once worth over $100 million.

That crap Adobe keeps trying to shove down my throat every time I download Flash/Acrobat? Left it checked once by mistake, caused my computer to glitch, stutter, freeze and shut down repeatedly until I looked through my error logs and found the shit in my applications list. It's done more damage than viruses to me.

Vrach:

Steven Bogos:
In 1989, he founded McAfee anti-virus, a company that was once worth over $100 million.

That crap Adobe keeps trying to shove down my throat every time I download Flash/Acrobat? Left it checked once by mistake, caused my computer to glitch, stutter, freeze and shut down repeatedly until I looked through my error logs and found the shit in my applications list. It's done more damage than viruses to me.

Yeah, McAfee's antivirus software is pretty crap these days... but back when John McAfee was actually still with the company, and still personally working on the software (up until 1994) it was actually pretty solid. The man's a good programmer, but those who have replaced him are less so.

P.S. Thanks

McAfee is an interesting combination of brilliant & bat-shit crazy. I kinda love him for that

At this point, I put nothing past the man.

Ponyholder:
Somehow I doubt that a few code monkeys and ex government employees are better than current Gov't Employees who studied and learned how to do it.

Who studied and learned how to do it from reformed hackers.

This guy makes me like him more and more, something I wasn't sure could happen after his bath salt video.

That said I think there's basically no chance that this will work/ever be created at all, but I'd be happy to eat my words.

Paradoxrifts:

Machine Man 1992:
Somehow I doubt that a few code monkeys and ex government employees are better than current Gov't Employees who studied and learned how to do it.

Who studied and learned how to do it from reformed hackers.

Whoa, wait a minute. I did not write that.

Machine Man 1992:

Paradoxrifts:

Machine Man 1992:
Somehow I doubt that a few code monkeys and ex government employees are better than current Gov't Employees who studied and learned how to do it.

Who studied and learned how to do it from reformed hackers.

Whoa, wait a minute. I did not write that.

Sorry mate. I'll fix it.

So his dream is to sell a 100$ tor box... you know Adafruit already has raspberry pi middlebox package for under $94.95

Machine Man 1992:

thaluikhain:
Right, so he hasn't built it yet, but once he has, it'd be totally secure against any zillion dollar government agencies.

Ah huh.

Government agencies like the NSA are woefully inept when it comes to cybercrime.

There are stories of government systems going down for days at a time because some punk kid made a computer virus that crashed their shit.

If you know anything about hacking a computer then you know that offense is way easier than defense. It does not matter what tools you are running or what OS you have, someone with enough time and money will get in if they want.

captcha* dark horse

Sounds cool, would buy it.. if its real though.. :/

TsunamiWombat:
Implying this isn't just a false flag by the GUBMENT to TRICK US INTO THINKING we're secure while they really watch everything we do ahahahahehuehuehue YOU CAN'T FOOL ME MCAFFEE, ONLY MY TINFOIL HAT IS SAFE

NO! you moron! tin foil amplifies the brain washing waves! we have to wear dirty underpants on our heads with pancakes to cover the holes! other wise the reptile emperor will track us down and beat us with his hat until we become mindless comunist slaves!

(all grammar and spelling errors were intentional)

It sounds interesting but a little silly I mean if it works and is exactly what he says it is sure maybe I'll get it but I'm going to wait a little while to see what happens if it comes out

newwiseman:

Machine Man 1992:

thaluikhain:
Right, so he hasn't built it yet, but once he has, it'd be totally secure against any zillion dollar government agencies.

Ah huh.

Government agencies like the NSA are woefully inept when it comes to cybercrime.

There are stories of government systems going down for days at a time because some punk kid made a computer virus that crashed their shit.

If you know anything about hacking a computer then you know that offense is way easier than defense. It does not matter what tools you are running or what OS you have, someone with enough time and money will get in if they want.

captcha* dark horse

So that means If McAfee wants to fight The Man he needs a spear instead of a shield?

And thus begins the Great Hack War of 2014...

as the underdogs in this war, we should appreciate any allies that emerge. even if they aren't the most reliable available. plus he's amusing. i'm glad he's on our side.

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