Former software entrepreneur John McAfee has claimed that he masterminded a spying ring that used computer hacking and "pillow talk" operatives to solicit information from high ranking officials.
American McAfee, who founded the antivirus firm that bears his name and at one stage was worth over $100 million, went on the run at the end of last year after being accused of murdering his next door neighbor in Belize.
He in turn accused the government of a conspiracy against him and claimed that he would be killed if the Belizean police tracked him down. McAfee is now back in the US after slipping across the border into Guatemala.
On his blog, McAfee said last week that following a raid by Belize police at his home in April 2011, he decided to take revenge on the government authorities.
McAfee claims to have purchased 75 cheap laptops and installed invisible keystroke logging software on all of them, meaning they would feed him files and data on command.
He says that he then repackaged the laptops as though they were new and sent them as presents to "government employees, police officers, Cabinet Minister's assistants, girlfriends of powerful men, boyfriends of powerful women".
"I hired four trusted people full time to monitor the text files and provide myself with the subsequent passwords for everyone's e-mail, Facebook, private message boards, and other passworded accounts," he explained in the post.
"The keystroke monitoring continued after password collection, in order to document text input that would later be deleted. So nothing was missed."
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