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Self-Proclaimed Clown John McAfee Offers Cybersecurity Expertise to CZ

Gerelyn Terzo
In a former life, John McAfee ran a cybersecurity firm. Now he wants to rally his former fierce rival Kaspersky to help CZ crack Binance's bitcoin hack. | Source: Shutterstock
In a former life, John McAfee ran a cybersecurity firm. Now he wants to rally his former fierce rival Kaspersky to help CZ crack Binance's bitcoin hack. | Source: Shutterstock

By CCN: Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao is receiving support from some of the most unlikely places. John McAfee has extended a helping hand to the beleaguered Binance chief. In a tweet, McAfee relied on a little bit of self-depreciation to charm Zhao, the latter of whom is learning quickly who his real friends are. McAfee, who is often the brunt of jokes in the crypto industry for his bombastic claims, realizes that $40 million worth of bitcoin stolen is no joke. He stated:

“If I can help at all, please let me know. Underneath my clown suit is still one of the most experienced cybersecurity experts on the planet. I’ve been doing it for 51 years. I am at your service.”

Okay, so maybe not entirely self-deprecating. But it’s McAfee. We’ll take what we can get.

John McAfee’s offer was good enough for CZ, who responded to the cybersecurity expert with a tweet displaying handshake emojis:

McAfee is a cybersecurity pioneer who founded the McAfee antivirus software company in the eighties. He later sold it for billions of dollars and has since distanced himself from the brand bearing his name. Most recently he’s been on the run from the IRS for alleged tax evasion and also from Belize authorities for being a “person of interest” in a murder.

Read the full story on CCN.com.