John McAfee Challenges Critics — “I’m Not An Idiot. Let’s Code And I Will Kick Your Ass.”


john mcafee im not idiotShort Bytes: John McAfee doesn’t have a fantastic reputation online. His blatant interviews regarding the ongoing FBI vs. Apple case has earned him multiple critics on the web. In a new interview, he has challenged the Reddit users, saying, “You get me on a coding table, against somebody? I will kick your ass.”

On Monday, cyber security expert and the maker of McAfee antivirus tried to explain, on Live TV, how the FBI could hack the San Bernardino iPhone. He told that with a combination of a software and hardware engineering skills, unlocking any computer or smartphone is just a 30-minutes jobs.

In the past, he had offered his services for free to the FBI. Naturally, the Reddit crowd didn’t like his talk. “I’ll create my own backdoor, with blackjack and hookers! — John McAfee, 2016,” wrote one user. Another one wrote, “This man is batshit crazy. Undeniably brilliant, but batshit crazy. Also 100% correct. (and still crazy)”. A headline in Ars Technica even read — “John McAfee better prepare to eat a shoe because he doesn’t know how iPhones work.”

These developments have infuriated the 70-year-old man and he had a lot to say in his interview with Inverse.

Explaining why his reputation isn’t so great online, the reactions on Reddit, and his iPhone hacking explanation, he said —

“I speak through the press, to the press, and to the general public. I gave a vastly oversimplified explanation of how you would hack into the iPhone. I can’t possibly go in and talk about the secure spaces on the A7 chip. I mean, who’s going to understand that crap? Nobody. But you gotta believe me: I understand it. And I do know what I’m doing, else I would not be where I am. This is a fact. Someone who does not understand software cannot start a multi-billion dollar company. This is just a fact of life. So, if I look like an idiot, it is because I am speaking to idiots.”

“And I know — I know, to the Reddit crowd, I probably look like the stupidest man on the planet. Well, I don’t give a flying fuck. I’m not dissing Reddit. It’s a bunch of smart people. But that’s not who I’m talking about — I don’t need to educate them: They are already educated. I need to educate those who are uneducated, and I cannot do it using language and concepts and principles that will impress Reddit. I’m not trying to impress Reddit. I don’t have a fucking clue why anybody would want to impress anybody.”

“And when people laugh at me? Well, go ahead: Have fun. Have fun. But I promise you this: You get me on a coding table, against somebody? I will kick your ass.”

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Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]
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