McAfee may be about to become the best friend of copyright holders all over the world. TorrentFreak reports that McAfee “has patented a new technology that aims to prevent the public from accessing pirated movies and music online.” The content-blocking technology could be integrated with McAfee’s SiteAdvisor toolbar and would essentially create a blacklist that compiles reported pirated content from across the web and offer users alternative suggestions for how to legally buy the content they’re looking for. In its patent filing, McAfee writes that “by informing a user of illegal sources and possible alternatives, a user can obtain the desired electronic distribution without violating an author’s intellectual property rights.”
Security firm McAfee Labs released its annual Threat Predictions report this week, highlighting the potential malware, viruses and other security concerns we may see in 2013. The firm says that with the rise of more advanced mobile devices, smartphones and tablets will become an even larger focus for cybercriminals. This past year we saw a number of high-profile attacks from the hacktivist group Anonymous that had the National Security Agency on edge, however McAfee Labs believes the group will begin to decline due to “incoordination and competition” from more politically-motivated hackers. It has also been predicted that the threat of large-scale attacks such as Stuxnet, which is believed to have taken down Iran’s computer infrastructure earlier this year, will increase as well.
Many of us were somewhat shocked when we heard that McAfee, Inc. founder John McAfee was wanted on murder charges in Belize. But according to a new ebook called John McAfee’s Last Stand written by Wired’s Joshua Davis, we shouldn’t have been surprised one bit. Davis, who travelled to Belize to write his book on McAfee six months ago, found that the security software guru had apparently become a gun-toting paranoid who said strange things about misunderstanding reality. In an excerpt posted on Wired, Davis describes how McAfee convincingly pretended to play Russian Roulette in front of him while he frantically tried to convince McAfee to holster his gun. More →
John McAfee, the founder of security software company McAfee, Inc., is reportedly wanted for murder in Belize. According to Gizmodo, McAfee “is a prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Paul, who was gunned down Saturday night at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye.” Authorities in Belize have told Gizmodo that Paul and McAfee had long been at odds and that Paul last week “filed a formal complaint against McAfee with the mayor’s office, asserting that McAfee had fired off guns and exhibited ‘roguish behavior.'” Gizmodo says that McAfee’s “behavior has become increasingly erratic, and by his own admission he had begun associating with some of the most notorious gangsters in Belize.”