John McAfee blogs while on the run
What do you do if you are a famous tech entrepreneur who is on the run from allegations of murder? Start a blog, of course. John McAfee, the man behind the eponymous anti-virus software, has started a blog from Belize, where he is currently fleeing murder allegations. The website is called The Hinterland, and is at http://www.whoismcafee.com.McAfee says he is launching his blog to get his story out.
The opening post is aptly called “Introduction” and McAafee claims this is the beginning of the tale about how he ended up on the run.In the post, he lambasts the mainstream media:
“With lots of time on my hands and very little to do with it, I’ve been reflecting on the recent detour my life has taken. How did I end up as a murder suspect on the lam? The world press certainly has not helped. Autonomous and self-serving, the press does what it does best — sensationalize. And my character and the recent events of my life have been sensationalized to the max.”
Furthermore, McAfee has said that there is enough content for a year ready and waiting to go. In a posting dramatically entitled “If I am captured” he says:
“In truth my continued involvement from this point is irrelevant.”
However the case transpires, this is a fascinating, albeit bizarre, application of social media and self-publishing. Clearly McAfee sees social media as a way of bypassing the mainstream media. It is like he is using WordPress to build his case before he is even caught, knowing it will be read, shared and discussed the social web. Furthermore, he is using the blog to highlight what he perceives as injustices in Belize.
Luckily for McAfee, the internet is always around to help and give advice… Reformed hacker Kevin Mitnick has offered some helpful, if not wholly serious, advice on avoiding detection both online:
2. Stay off Internet forums unless Lulzsec sets up a “secure” VPN for you.
— Kevin Mitnick (@kevinmitnick) November 17, 2012
McAffee’s social media exploits are limited to blogging though, as he does not appear to have an active Twitter account, and doesn’t use his Facebook account.