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McAfee founder sought in murder probe

13 Nov 2012
A man behind bars

Security icon John McAfee is reportedly being sought in connection with a murder in the Central American nation of Belize.

Local authorities confirmed that the body of McAfee's neighbour, who is believed to have died from gunshot wounds, had been discovered on Sunday. The authorities have said that they are following "several leads" in the case, but McAfee has been widely reported as a suspect in the case.

McAfee, who has long since cut ties with the security company which bears his name, had been living in Belize while running a biomedicine start-up which sought to synthesise medical components from tropical plants in the region.

McAfee has also been the subject of anti-gang and drug raids in Belize, though he has not been formally charged in those cases.

News site Gizmodo, which recently ran an extensive profile of McAfee and his dealings in Belize, noted that McAfee had a history of confrontations with the neighbour and claimed the security icon has had ties to high-profile drug kingpins in Belize.

A report speculates that McAfee, whose recent behaviour has been described increasingly erratic, may also have been involved in the manufacture of psychoactive chemicals known as "bath salts."

McAfee holds a place in computing history for his role in helping to create the anti-virus market. McAfee, whose credits also include stints with Univac and Xerox, is said to have begun developing his first anti-virus product after receiving a copy of the 'brain' computer virus.

More recently, he has been involved in research to develop antibiotics using anti-quorum technology aimed at defeating drug-resistant viruses in humans and animals.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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