New York, NY, United States (4E) – John McAfee, developer of the first commercial anti-virus program bearing his surname, has offered to unlock the iPhone 5c of the San Bernardino terror attack shooter for the FBI for free.
McAfee, 70, and a 2016 presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party, made the offer Thursday in an editorial of the Tech Insider, where he is a contributor, as Apple Inc. is refusing the FBI’s demand to tweak its mobile operating system so its agents can access the content of the smartphone.
“I will, free of charge, decrypt the information on the San Bernardino phone, with my team,” McAfee said in the editorial. “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 its product, which will be the beginning of the end of America.”
McAfee berated the FBI for trying to force Apple to hack its own iOS warning that it could spell “the end of America” because the technique can be stolen and used against the U.S.
McAfee boasted that he remains a ” cybersecurity legend” and works with a team of the best hackers on the planet.
“These hackers attend Defcon in Las Vegas, and they are legends in their local hacking groups, such as HackMiami . They are all prodigies, with talents that defy normal human comprehension. About 75% are social engineers. The remainder are hardcore coders,” McAfee.
McAfee, an eccentric millionaire, said he will his shoe on the Neil Cavuto show if they could not break the encryption.