So That Happened
Antivirus pioneer/international fugitive John McAfee is back on American soil, holed up in a Miami hotel. He’s chucked the Vice guys, but that doesn’t mean the dog-and-pony show is over. Witness this recent interview with ABC News, in which he admits that his supposed heart attack was “of course” part of an elaborate deception to Read More
The long, strange trip that is John McAfee’s life has taken yet another unfortunate turn. Gizmodo reports that the colorful founder of the namesake antivirus company is now wanted for questioning in connection with a murder in Belize. Anyone who’s ever seen an episode of any legal drama knows that doesn’t bode well.
Suddenly, we’re a lot less nostalgic for the Valley’s countercultural days of yore.
Let’s say, hypothetically, that you are the founder and CEO of a major antivirus company, and you’ve a history of close ties to Russia’s intelligence community, and you’re being profiled by a writer from Wired. What’s the shadiest thing you can imagine saying? Does it perhaps sound anything like this?
This week, in questionable partnerships: The antivirus makers at Kaspersky Labs have teamed up with The Dark Knight Rises for “The People of Gotham City Sweepstakes.” The winner gets to be Batman for a day (though without the onerous crime-fighting responsibilities), because why not?
If the name Kaspersky Labs sounds familiar, that’s probably because it’s the company that figured out the connection between the Flame and Stuxnet viruses.
The contest posits that the villainous Bane has unleashed a devastating computer virus on Gotham, and humbler Interneters like yourself must fight back, by entering this contest. We’re envisioning a frustrated Batman, suited up to bash heads but instead peering over the shoulder of a computer technician, which just sounds thrilling.
In a statement released yesterday, founder and CEO Eugene Kaspersky sounded really, really excited about this contest and about The Dark Knight Rises in general: