The ever-controversial John McAfee is hitting the headlines once more, but this time he’s under the spotlight for crypto plagiarism.
The team behind privacy coin PIVX alleged McAfee for copying a 2018 whitepaper. They further contend that McAfee’s Ghost coin has also appropriated numerous key features. This includes coins specs, feature sets, as well as protocols.
As an expert, dedicated team that has been pioneering and tirelessly developing a privacy centric Proof of Stake blockchain since 2016, #PIVX is extremely disappointed to see @officialmcafee @GhostbyMcAfee $ESH $GHOST blatantly plagiarizing the Sept 2018 PIVX whitepaper. pic.twitter.com/fdwhr6E6ea
— PIVX (@_PIVX) May 17, 2020
Run-ins With the Authorities
McAfee resigned from anti-virus firm, McAfee Associates in 1994. The firm went public several years later, and he sold his remaining shares to net a reported $100 million.
Since then he has been embroiled in a number of controversies including as a “person of interest” in connection with the murder of American expatriate Gregory Viant Faull, unlicensed drug manufacturing, illegal gun ownership, and on charges of tax evasion.
In 2016, and again for 2020, McAfee launched a presidential campaign with the slogan “don’t vote for McAfee.” His platform is based on libertarian values that seek to diminish the role of government.
McAfee’s Goes From Fringe Player to Crypto Pioneer
Throughout this period, McAfee has latched onto the crypto scene, citing his belief in the nascent technology as the reason. His early involvement was limited to dubious tweets and in endorsing pump and dump schemes.
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