August 4, 2021

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Cybersecurity industry reacts as antivirus pioneer John McAfee found dead

antivirus pioneer John McAfee was found dead in a Spanish prison cell on Wednesday June 25, 2021. According to Spanish authorities, the cause of the 75-year-old’s death was suicide.

The British-born, outspoken millionaire was being held in Barcelona after being arrested in October 2020 on charges of US tax evasion. In March this year, McAfee was indicted by the US Department of Justice on charges of conspiracy to commit commodities and securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities and touting fraud, wire fraud conspiracy and substantive wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracy offenses stemming from two schemes relating to the fraudulent promotion to investors of cryptocurrencies. Just hours before his death, a Spanish court ruled that he could be extradited to the US to stand trial.

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