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PC security pioneer John McAfee claims his Twitter was hacked

John McAfee has finally caught a bug.

The eponymous founder of the PC software security giant was left red-faced when his Twitter account was allegedly hacked.

The 72-year-old McAfee, now involved with a Bitcoin firm, said his account was used to promote lesser-known crypto-currencies.

“Urgent: My account was hacked,” McAfee posted Wednesday evening. “Twitter has been notified. The coin of the day tweet was not me. As you all know… I am not doing a coin of the day anymore!!!!”

Earlier this month, the cyber-security pioneer and crypto-currency expert began issuing daily tips about which of the more obscure virtual currencies he would recommend.

He shot down suggestions that Wednesday’s phishy incident undermined his own credentials.

“Though I am a security expert, I have no control over Twitter’s security. I have haters. I am a target. People make fake accounts, fake screenshots, fake claims,” he railed in a Twitter tirade.

“I am a target for hackers who lost money and blame me. Please take responsibility for yourselves. Adults only please,” he added.

McAfee — who said he believed his cell phone was likely compromised, prompting the Twitter hack — is working on plans to sell the world’s most “hack-proof” smartphone, according to the BBC.

Twitter declined to comment on McAfee’s claim but reminded users about its two-factor authentication — in which a person must enter a code sent to a mobile phone in addition to a password to access an account.

McAfee told the BBC that he had activated the option but added that he believed the hacker had intercepted the authentication code.

“The first indication that I had been hacked was turning on my cell phone and seeing the attached image,” he said. “I knew at that point that my phone had been compromised.

He said he was on a boat at the time and could not reach AT&T to have the issue resolved.

“All that the hacker did was compromise my Twitter account. It could have been worse,” he said.

McAfee added that he had since removed two-factor authentication from all of his accounts as a precaution.

The irony of his predicament was not lost on others in social media.

“It baffles me how a guy who tweeted high resolution photos of his own passport could get hacked,” @MalwareTechBlog posted.


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