It seems unlikely that John McAfee would offer to help Changpeng Zhao (CZ), the CEO of Biance exchange, but the truth is often stranger than fiction. McAfee tweeted: “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.” This is in responce to Binance’s ‘loss’ of bitcoin valued at $40 million.
Somewhat surprisingly, CZ tweeted back: “Would love to pick your brain about it. Will DM you and arrange a time.”
Most of us are familiar with McAfee’s antivirus software company, a business that netted him billions of dollars when he sold it, however since then he has become better known for being on the run from the IRS and also from Belize authorities for being a “person of interest” in a murder.
McAfee’s response to the Binance hack has been to reach out to his cybersecurity peers” more broadly and also more specifically Kaspersky, a once fierce-rival of John McAfee and his company. In the relevant tweet, McAfee wrote “Hackers are the dark wizards of our age. Now is the time for my cybersecurity peers to prove they are wizards of the people. I challenge my one-time awesome and fearful competitor — e_kaspesky — to join me in offering support to CZ. And all of the rest of you.”
CCN suggests this type of industry collaboration from inside and outside of crypto could bring an end to this nightmare for Binance and its CEO. It also resulted in some cheers from McAfee’s followers, and one, Tommy Mustache, who has 12,000 Twitter followers tweeted: “An attack on one is an attack on us all John. Thank you for reaching out to help! Please find a way to help find those hackers and bring them to justice for the whole crypto community.”
For once, John McAfee could turn out to be a hero.