John McAfee Plots Tech Return, Pledges to Make Internet Unhackable

Colorful software maven wants back into the technology industry

By Chris Roberts
|  Thursday, Sep 26, 2013  |  Updated 12:30 PM EDT
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Nearly a year after his much-publicized flight from Belize, John McAfee wants back in to Silicon Valley.

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John McAfee believes only one man can save the Internet.

That man is John McAfee.

The mercurial founder of anti-virus software, whose high-profile escape from Belize made international headlines in late 2012 and earlier this year, is now plotting a return to Silicon Valley and the computer industry he left decades ago, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

McAfee, 67, wants to launch a new cybersecurity company that will make the Internet "impossible to hack, impossible to penetrate," he told the newspaper.

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McAfee's escapades earlier this year were the stuff of novels: after a neighbor of his, another American expatriate, was found dead in Belize, McAfee eluded police by wearing disguises, faking a heart attack, and burying himself in the sand -- all of which was meticulously recorded on his blog and reported in the media.

McAfee founded the anti-virus software company that still bears his name in 1989 before selling it and moving to Colorado in 1994.

He's scheduled to speak Saturday at the first-ever C2SV "music festival and tech conference" at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, the newspaper reported.

A lot is brewing for McAfee: two movies, a book, a 90-minute TV documentary and comic books, the newspaper reported.

Police in Belize "still want" to interview him, too, the newspaper reported.

However, security is a "conservative" field and it's unclear how the hard-living, colorful individual will do in such a tepid environment.

For his part, McAfee will stay in his new home in Portland, Ore., he told the newspaper. Silicon Valley is not weird enough -- and too darn crowded.

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