John McAfee doc unravels the downfall of the notorious tech mogul: ‘A brilliant, manipulative person’


“James Bond meets Scarface with a little Indiana Jones.”

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That’s how John McAfee, the notorious tech mogul who lived a strange life shrouded in power, mystery, violence and international espionage, describes himself in the new Netflix documentary “Running With the Devil: The Wild World of John McAfee,” out Wednesday.

McAfee was born in England to an American soldier-turned-road surveyor, Donald McAfee, and a bank teller, Joan. He grew up in Roanoke, Va., and worked for NASA before creating his namesake protective software in the late 1980s. At his peak, his net worth was an estimated $100 million, and he stepped away from his successful company in 1994.

But in retirement, his life took a series of strange turns.

He became increasingly obsessed with using his computer prowess to tap into devices around the world so that he could spy on governments, high-profile criminals and others that intrigued him.


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