“Hack the Pentagon” Begins This Month

Hack the Pentagon, the US intelligence agency’s new bug bounty program, is set to begin this month, its organiser HackerOne has revealed. The challenge, which is open to anyone who thinks they have the technical nous to find and exploit weaknesses in the Pentagon’s cybersecurity systems, will commence on 18th April, running until 12th May.

“This is an effort for the Government to explore new approaches to its cybersecurity challenges,” the official website reads, “and evolve to adopt the best practices used by the most successful and secure software companies in the world, the DoD can ensure U.S. systems and warfighters are as secure as possible.”

One notable figure who may participate in the bug hunt is budding supervillain and future emperor of the Earth John McAfee, who has already posited his Ocean’s Eleven-esque method for compromising the Pentagon’s security.

If you would like to attempt to “Hack the Pentagon”, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have successfully registered as a participant through this security page.
  • You must have a U.S. taxpayer identification number and a social security number or an employee identification number and the ability to complete required verification forms.
  • You must be eligible to work within the U.S.; meaning you are a U.S. citizen, a noncitizen national of the U.S., a lawful permanent resident, or an alien authorized to work within the U.S.
  • You must not reside in a country currently under U.S. trade sanctions.
  • You must not be on the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Specially Designated Nationals list.

While the “Hack the Pentagon” website makes reference to potential “rewards” for successfully breaching its security, it doesn’t provide any figures.

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John McAfee Wants China to Handle US Cybersecurity

Crackpot plutocrat and self-professed “cybersecurity legend” John McAfee believes that the US is doing such a terrible job of protecting its cybersecurity interests, and that it should outsource the task to a country better equipped at dealing with technological threats: China. Yes, McAfee thinks a nation that wants to use an AI system to monitor its citizens’ every move should bring its expertise to American shores.

“China,” McAfee writes in a Business Insider op-ed, “has already stolen top secret information of everyone who worked for the US Government for the past 50 years, accessed critical information from the Pentagon. Homeland Security and the FBI, has everyone’s phone number, address and habits – and this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as we know. China has done the same thing to nearly every nation on earth.”

“I can assure you that the first word of an attempted attack against China, from any quarter, any person or any agency, would be heard, analyzed and dealt with within minutes of its utterance,” he argues. “In China, encryption is controlled by the Office of State Commercial Cryptography Administration (OSCCA). However, items such as wireless telephones, standard computer operating systems and internet browsers are not included under their regulations.”

Therefore, McAfee posits, China should be given the keys to the US cybersecurity initiative: “It would be better to subcontract our security to the Chinese, eat crow and swallow our pride, until we can stand on our own as a nation in this sea of cyber security chaos which we are clearly incapable of navigating.”

Obligatory reminder that McAfee is running for US President as the Libertarian candidate, presented without further comment.

John McAfee Lied About Hacking San Bernardino iPhone

Serial fantasist John McAfee – who claimed last week that he could stage an Ocean’s Eleven-esque infiltration of the Pentagon – has admitted to lying about his ability to hack the encryption of an iPhone.

McAfee, speaking to Russia Today, CNN, and Business Insider last month, publicly offered his services to the FBI to hack the iPhone of San Bernardino shooting suspect Syed Rizwan Farook so that Apple –  which had refused an FBI court order to unlock the device – would not have its encryption compromised.

However, in a phone interview with The Daily Dot, McAfee has now admitted that he lied about his method of decrypting an iPhone – conceding that it would not work – in order to get, in his words, “get a s***load of public attention.” He does claim, however, that he has another, secret way of hacking an iPhone, but he’s not telling you, and he’ll take his ball home if you try to make him.

“By doing so, I knew that I would get a s***load of public attention, which I did,” McAfee revealed to The Daily Dot. “That video, on my YouTube account, it has 700,000 views. My point is to bring to the American public the problem that the FBI is trying to [fool] the American public. How am I going to do that, by just going off and saying it? No one is going to listen to that crap.”

“So I come up with something sensational,” he added. “Now, what I did not lie about was my ability to crack the iPhone. I can do it. It’s a piece of friggin’ cake. You could probably do it.”

When asked why he was even discussing the existence of his mysterious decryption wizardry, McAfee responded, “Because I’m assuming, because you kept on asking, that you aren’t going to publish it.” The Daily Dot explained that no such agreement had been made. McAfee subsequently hung up.

“The lie was an exaggeration of simplicity,” McAfee said in a text message after the interview. “As the Inverse article explained, it would have been impossible in the time allowed to explain the fullness of the truth. If you fault me for that, then you, and possibly your readers, will have been the only one on the planet to have done so.”

McAfee also said, “I apologize for my anger.” He added that it “seemed absurd to me to focus on a simplification of a technique, given the stakes at risk—a potentially Orwellian state initiated by the populace ignoring the truth of what the FBI is trying to do to us.”

The entirety of The Daily Dot’s interview with John McAfee can be heard below:

John McAfee Interview — The Daily Dot by William Turton

John McAfee Explains How He’d Hack the Pentagon

John McAfee, paranoid billionaire hacker and future President of the USA, is at it again. Not content with boasting about how easy it would be for him to hack an iPhone, McAfee has decided to crank it up a notch, telling Tech Insider not only that he could hack the Pentagon, but explaining exactly how he would do it.

“You want to find the weakest link,” McAfee said in a phone interview with Tech Insider. “You’re in and out, and you have everything.”

On Wednesday, the Pentagon announced that it would be inviting hackers to test its systems for security. McAfee claims that, given the opportunity, that he could compromise the intelligence organisation’s systems within a month.

“I would exclusively use social engineering,” he said. “I would most likely use an ‘audit authorization letter’ on [Department of Defense] letterhead.”

“This technique seldom fails,” he added.

McAfee’s plan to hack the Pentagon relies less on coding and more on hustling, pulling a Danny Ocean-esque confidence trick. He envisions himself bluffing and sweet-talking his way into the building, supported by fake IDs and hacked phone lines, following weeks of surveillance to identify the ideal marks and copy official ID badges.

The caper itself begins with McAfee himself, suited up, entering a Pentagon data centre with an official-looking letter.

“The last thing on your mind is going to be ‘Can I see your credentials?’” McAfee explains, “Because what credentials [am I] going to have? [We] are going to have this letter and say ‘Call the general.’

“The people you hand this letter to are terrorized,” he adds. “Why? Because they know they fucked up. They know that they have problems. They know that they have flaws in the system.”

“If they do call the number, it’s even worse. The operator,” who is a plant, according to McAfee’s plan, “says, ‘Yes, this is extraordinarily important. Tell them they’re late and they better get [the audit report] in now. You have no idea how pissed off the general is.'”

Sadly, John has blown his load by revealing his plan in public. But maybe it’s a double-bluff, or he’s so confident that he thinks he can pull the heist off anyway. Either way, I can’t wait until the “Hack the Pentagon” initiative begins this April.

John McAfee Offers to Hack San Bernardino Phone to Protect Apple from FBI

Billionaire fugitive sleuth John McAfee has offered to hack the iPhone of a mass shooting suspect for the FBI in an effort to protect Apple from having to introduce backdoors into its devices. McAfee, currently a US presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, thinks that if Apple are forced to open its systems to government entities, it “will be the beginning of the end of America,” so he and his “team of the best hackers on the planet” will hack the phone in question so that the FBI never gets its hands on the keys to Apple’s encryption.

The offending iPhone 5C belonged to Syed Rizwan Farook, who is thought to be responsible for a terrorist attack in San Bernardino in December 2015. The FBI has pulled out an obscure piece of law – the 1789 All Writs Act – in an attempt to force Apple to create a backdoor into the iOS operating system so that the information on Farook’s phone can be decrypted. The FBI, of course, promises to use this backdoor once only. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has, so far, refused to comply.

In an op-ed piece on Business Insider, McAfee has spoken out against the FBI’s attempts to subvert Apple’s security, and has called the law enforcement agency’s lack of expertise to hack the phone itself “the beginning of the end of the US as a world power.”

“[W]hy do the best hackers on the planet not work for the FBI?” McAfee asks. “Because the FBI will not hire anyone with a 24-inch purple mohawk, 10-gauge ear piercings, a tattooed face, who demands to smoke weed while working and won’t work for less than a half-million dollars a year. But you bet your ass that the Chinese and Russians are hiring similar people with similar demands and have been for many years. It’s why we are decades behind in the cyber race.”

In order to both save the FBI’s blushes and shield Apple from further pressure to compromise its encryption, McAfee has offered his and his team’s services to crack Farook’s iPhone.

“So here is my offer to the FBI. I will, for free, decrypt the information on the San Bernardino phone, with my team. We will primarily use social engineering and it will take us three weeks. If you accept my offer, then you will not need to ask Apple to place a back door in their product, which will be the beginning of the end of America.”

“If you doubt my credentials, Google “Cybersecurity legend” and see whose name is the only name that appears in the first 10 results out of more than a quarter of a million,” he adds. Boom!

Future US President John McAfee Ditches the Cyber Party for Libertarianism

Capricious billionaire John McAfee – once described as “extremely paranoid, even bonkers” by the President of Belize – is like a shark: he has to keep moving (he also has great fluid dynamics and an advanced immune system, which was his inspiration for his McAfee antivirus software). After announcing his candidacy for the Presidency of the USA – competing against fellow contemptible oligarch Donald Trump – McAfee has revealed that he is ditching his old party, the Cyber Party, in favour of the Libertarians.

“We’re facing a cyberwar,” McAfee told Engadget in the wake of his party-switch. “Our power grid in America is 50 years old, it’s aging. The technology, the computers that are running and rationing electricity across the country are completely open and vulnerable to a 13-year-old who wants to hack from anywhere int he world. Technology I think is the biggest problem in the American government. We lack decades behind the Chinese and Russians in weaponized software.”

McAfee believes that he is the best person to protect America from the impending “cyberwar”. How he intends to fight it with a Libertarian-endorsed, stripped-down Government state is anyone’s guess.

“We have to have weaponized software,” he said. “We have to have the capability to say, ‘Look, if you press a button, we’ll press a button.'”

John McAfee is Running For President to Stop the “Cyberwar”

Professional kook John McAfee, famous for developing McAfee antivirus and notorious for his run-ins with the law, announced yesterday that he is running for US President as a third-party candidate under the banner of the newly-formed Cyber Party. McAfee, who was accurately described by the Prime Minister of Belize as “extremely paranoid, even bonkers”, has no revealed exactly why he feels the need to control the United States of America: to prevent a cyberwar that has already begun.

In an op-ed piece for Digital Trends, McAfee discussed his motivations for proposing his Presidential candidacy, which suggest that he views the position of President as a kind of firewall made flesh:

“Our country is not prepared for a cyberwar that has already begun. We haven’t seen anything yet. It is not ready to protect the precious assets of technology that we depend on as a people. We fail at that at an alarming rate. It is not ready to protect our infrastructure, which sits on a precipice of threats. I can change that. I will change that, and it has to happen.

The Cyber Party is the spark we need to awaken the people from their deep slumber. Demand more from your government. Demand honesty. Demand freedom.”

Hopefully, if and when he replaces rhetoric with policy, we’ll truly understand what McAfee wants for America, beyond buzzword demands for “honesty” and “freedom”. If not, at least it should be a fun ride.

https://youtu.be/sMz6GV3b1ys

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John McAfee is Running for President

At last, someone is set to provide competition worthy of Donald Trump. That’s right: billionaire-turned-fugitive John McAfee is running for President of the United States of America. McAfee – developer of the world’s first anti-virus program, long since sold off – has filed the paperwork to run as a third-party candidate under the banner of the newly-formed Cyber Party. He promises an official announcement on Wednesday, 6pm Eastern time.

McAfee’s chequered past is sure to resonate with American voters: he fled from Belize after local police wanted to speak to him in relation to the suspicious death of his neighbour, American ex-pat Gregory Vlant Faiull. Prior to that, the Gang Suppression Unit Belizean Police Department raided McAfee’s property. He was arrested, but not charged, for manufacturing unlicensed drugs and possession of a firearm.

McAfee – described by Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize, as “extremely paranoid, even bonkers” – revelled in his role as a fugitive, blogging about the latest disguises he employed to evade law enforcement. After a month on the run, McAfee was arrested for illegally entering Guatemala. He stalled his eventual deportation to the US by faking two heart attacks. While the Belizean government stopped chasing McAfee as a person of interest in the Faull murder case, it did seize and sell off his assets.

Only last month, McAfee was arrested in Tennessee for driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of a handgun under the influence. An effort to “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism,” no doubt. His debates with Trump are sure to be a hoot.

Thank you NBC News for providing us with this information.

John McAfee Accuses Employee of Ashley Madison Leak

Everyone’s favourite anti-virus-inventing, yoga-teaching, hand-biting millionaire eccentric John McAfee has turned private dick, launching his own investigation into the recent data leak from extramarital affair hook-up site Ashley Madison. McAfee claims, after taking “over a week to finish the analysis,” he has discovered that, rather than a hack, that the data was stolen by an employee of Avid Life Media, parent company of Ashley Madison.

In outlining the extent of his investigation into the Ashley Madison leak, McAfee bigs himself up to the max at any and every opportunity. “I have spent my entire career in the analysis of cybersecurity breaches,” he reminds us, “and can recognise an inside job 100% of the time.”

He bases his accusation on the fact that “the data contains actual MySQL database dumps”, and then goes on to outline further circumstantial evidence to suggest an inside job:

  1. An office layout for the entire Ashley Madison offices. This would normally exist only in the office of personnel management, the maintenance department, and possibly a few other places. It would certainly not be in the centralised database. Neither would it be of much value to the average hacker.
  2. Up to the minute organisation charts for every Avid Life division. This might be of value to certain hackers, but considering the hacker had already made off with everyone’s credit card info, billions of dollars worth of blackmail information, every private email of the CEO (fascinating, by the way), and everything else of value, it would seem odd to dig up the organisation charts as well.
  3. A stock option agreement list, with signed contracts included. The hacker would have had to gain access to the private files of the CEO or the VP of Finance to obtain this material – a job requiring as much time to implement as a hack of the centralised database. Again, of what value would this be considering the hacker had already made off with potentially billions.
  4. IP addresses and current status of every server owned by Avid Life – of which there were many hundreds scattered around the world. Why any hacker would trouble themselves with such a task, considering what was already taken, is mind boggling.
  5. The raw source code for every program Ashley Madison ever wrote. This acquisition would be a monumental task for any hacker and, unless the hacker planned on competing with Ashley Madison, has no value whatsoever.

John McAfee, P.I., goes to great lengths to stress that this employee, who acted alone, is female, gleefully insinuating a motive of feminist vengeance – the stereotypical ‘scorned woman’ – as though only a lady could take exception to cheating spouses. How does he know the gender of the perpetrator? Because McAfee has “practiced social engineering since the word was first invented and I can very quickly identify gender if given enough emotionally charged words from an individual.”

But don’t dare doubt the Great Detective: “If this does not convince you then you need to get out of the house more often,” he quips. A cogent argument indeed.

Thank you International Business Times for providing us with this information.

The Latest Adventure of John McAfee? Arrested Again!

Oh John, you’re entertaining but as sane as a lorry load of peanuts. John has been arrested again and this time the charge is for DUI and possession of a handgun while under the influence, this was after legging it from police in Belize; it takes some talent to be drunk, high and armed at the same time.

I am not quite sure police are taking him seriously after an individual by the name of Sheila Austin, who is the warrants clerk for the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that he was that McAfee before stating “I don’t know why he would move to a little town like ours,” According to authorities, McAfee resides in a place by the name of Lexington Tenn, yep me neither, so I researched this and it turns out Tenn is short for Tennessee and is located within the western part of the state between Nashville and Memphis, which is based ideally for the music scene.

John McAfee was released on a bond of $5,000 (£3228) approx, but not before a mug shot was taken, which is below, in the great words of noted wordsmith Afroman, because I got high, because I got high, la, la, la, la.

On a serious note, it just goes to show how John McAfee has fallen after losing most of his $100 million dollar fortune which is owed to the stockmarket crash of 2008. He had been living in Belize until police paid him a visit to ask why his neighbour was dead, at which point he fled to Montreal Canada where he lived with his wife before eventually moving to Tennessee. John McAfee stated in an interview that his assists were frozen by law enforcement in Belize with the outcome being close being broke.

It’s difficult to pinpoint what this eccentric entrepreneur will do next. He is the type of person to be involved with a tank, or a rocket or possibly blowing something up, good job hes not allowed anywhere near nuclear missiles.

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John McAfee Creates Hilarious Video On How To Uninstall His Software

John McAfee is the eccentric founder of the McAfee virus software who has been divorced from the product he founded for about 15 years. He has been in the media a lot in the last year after his home in Belize was burnt down and he chose to seek asylum in Guatemala. However, no one really knows the full true story of what happened with John McAfee but what we can be absolutely sure about is that this guy is not only hilarious but also a little bit crazy.

In his latest video he shows you how to uninstall McAfee software. I must warn you right away that this video is ram packed with swear words, sexual innuendos and scantily clad women so if you are at work then this is definitely not a good idea to be watching.

That said the basic jist of the video is he talks about how customers have been emailing him about how useless McAfee software is and how they want to be able to uninstall it. He then gets his laboratory technician to do the uninstall demonstration while he attends to “more pressing matters”. The video is a bit of an extravagant show off demonstration of his wealth and also a humourers dig at McAfee for how hated the software has become. You can see the video below:

Image courtesy of John McAfee (YouTube)