John McAfee was reportedly hiding out in a Spanish “ghost hotel” with a bitcoin mining farm in the basement prior to his arrest. Clues from images and messages the antivirus tycoon posted on social media point to a semi-abandoned hotel owned by a Russian.
‘Ghost Hotel’ With Bitcoin Mining Farm
After John McAfee was reportedly found dead in his prison cell in Spain, reports have emerged that the antivirus tycoon’s hideout place was a secret bitcoin mining farm.
The place was a semi-abandoned hotel in Cambrils called Daurada Park Hotel, El Pais publication reported Friday. Cambrils is a coastal town in the province of Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain.
The hotel is dubbed “a ghost hotel” by the Spanish publication El Confidencial because reservations were pretty impossible to make as no one answered the phone even when the hotel was still operational. The publication tried to contact the hotel about the McAfee story back in 2018 but to no avail. There are few reviews of the hotel on Tripadvisor and none after 2017. Most reviewers found the hotel to be “terrible.”
Daurada Park Hotel was bought by an unidentified Russian businessman, the Diari de Tarragona previously reported. Authorities became suspicious of the hotel when a huge laser pointing at the sky was built on its roof. The Catalan police raided the premises in 2018 and found a bitcoin mining farm in the basement of the hotel that was operating 24-7. According to reports, the police lacked the authority to shut down the bitcoin mining operation at the time as cryptocurrency was an unregulated industry. The publication noted that it was unclear what happened to the mining farm. The hotel is now permanently closed.
McAfee recently said that the Feds suspected that he had some hidden cryptocurrencies, which he denied, adding that all of his assets had been seized by the Feds.