John McAfee says it would take more than "poison, bullets, or hanging to kill me" after being released from hospital
Cyber security pioneer has told many outlets that he fears for his life, and lives surrounded by intense security all the time
Antivirus software entrepreneur John McAfee has said he was poisoned by his "incompetent enemies" and had to be hospitalized for weeks due to the attack.
The British-American posted a picture of himself to his Twitter account in a hospital bed with an oxygen tube affixed to his mouth and his body attached to a number of machines. He boasted that he was not as easy to kill as his myriad "enemies" had hoped.
“I apologize for my three-day absence but I was unconscious for two days at the Vidant Medical Centre in North Carolina and just woke up,” McAfee tweeted.
“My enemies managed [sic] to spike something that I ingested. However, I am more difficult to kill than anyone can possibly imagine. I am back.”
The cybersecurity pioneer tweet came accompanied with a warning to the anonymous parties who allegedly carried out the attack: "I know exactly who you are."
Looks like John McAfee has a suspect in mind and is offering a reward for details:
$5,000 reward for anyone who can provided the full name, address and phone number of this man. No questions asked. Your confidentiality is assured. DM ME. pic.twitter.com/WOT2cK6FqE— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 24, 2018
McAfee claims to know the identity of the motorcyclist and says "I want him", explaining that he is a "wanted sex trafficker."
OK. The guy's name is John D. Nichols, lives in Burbank at 1687 Oakway Lane. The man is a wanted sex trafficker. And I want him. I nicknamed him Alexander, after a similar dude I once met.— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 24, 2018
McAfee shared more photos on Twitter, one showing him and his wife Janice McAfee flipping the bird to the camera.
“And for those who did this – You will soon understand the true meaning of wrath,” he also tweeted.
And for those who did this - You will soon understand the true meaning of wrath. I know exactly who you are. Youh had better be gone. pic.twitter.com/URgz5BtMLF— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 22, 2018
In response to one well-wisher, McAfee said: “It takes more than poison, bullets or hanging to kill me. All three have been tried more than once.”
In a conversation with The Independent, the entrepreneur said he feared for his safety after the bizarre incident.
Previously, McAfee claimed in a series of videos posted to YouTube last month that he had been forced to abscond from the law as a result of his problems with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Back in 2016, McAfee was reportedly served court papers by the SEC for his roles with a number of cryptocurrency companies.
In May, he said: "We are in a five-vehicle motorcade, all vehicles driven by ex-military special forces and filled to the brim with heavily-armed security personnel.
"I purposely and publicly committed a felony this morning to call the SEC out [in the videos]. I'm mad as hell and I'm not taking any more shit from corrupt-to-the-core government agencies."
McAfee looked like he was trying to explain his troubles with the SEC in a subsequent video he posted from an undisclosed location.
"The SEC was never intended to have this power. Please God America, wake up and see what has happened," McAfee said.
"The SEC is in charge of our entire industry, our companies, our manufacturing, our distribution, our creativity, our entrepreneurship. When it was created, in the wisdom of the creators, it had only civil powers. If it got pissed off at you, it could sue you, end of story.
"Now, with the cooperation of the justice department, the SEC can get involved, or bring people in who can punish you beyond a civil suit. The SEC owns America, please God, wake up people. And if you think that an agency of the US government would not stoop to assassination, kidnapping, threats, then what are you smoking?"
That being said, this is not the first time the creator of the eponymous computer security software made headlines this week. A few days earlier, he tweeted that due to a warning from the SEC, he would no longer be promoting ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings). The SEC has been cracking down heavily on celebrity endorsements of the often void ICOs.
Of late, McAfee has been promoting Docademic, an application built for "reshaping the medical world," according to RT. After his latest poisoning, McAfee credited the company for urging him to seek medical assistance. Nonetheless, the 72-year-old cybersecurity pioneer made a swift recovery, announcing his new crypto wallet in a follow-up tweet.
BACK TO REAL WORK:— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 22, 2018
Today I am announcing my ultra secure wallet, built by Bitfi. It will forever change the landscape of crypto storage. Would have told you earlier, but, if you read my prior tweets, I was unconscious. Anyway, you must check it out.https://t.co/gD0a3S0JKb
After he promoted a number of counterfeit ICOs, in all probability, there is a swarm of people who bought into their scams and are currently holding significant grudges against McAfee himself. Interestingly, the tabloid computer programmer has vowed to "eat his dick" on national television if, by the end of 2020, bitcoin does not hit $500,000.
In the past, he has alleged that violent cartels have attempted to kidnap him on several occasions over the last few years, most recently in September. His alleged confession first came after he was named as a person of interest in a murder case when he lived in Belize back in 2012.
McAfee resides in a fortified house in Lexington, Tennessee, which is heavily guarded by private security.
Having said that, McAfee did not immediately respond to a request for further comment about whether the poisoning was related to his fears that criminal actors want to take his life.