Cyber security pioneer John McAfee's Twitter account hacked

Arnima Dwivedi

Arnima DwivediBy Arnima Dwivedi

Published on 29 Dec 2017 7:33 AM GMT

Cyber security pioneer John McAfees Twitter account hacked
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San Francisco: Ace computer programmer and businessman John McAfee's has said that his Twitter account was hacked and was used to run 'coin of the day' series recommending and promoting lesser-known cryptocurrencies.

"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 tweeted.

"I am a target for hackers who lost money and blame me. Please take responsibility for yourselves. Adults only please," he posted this message with a screenshot of his device which showed his calls and texts were hijacked by a hacker.

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McAfee had activated the two-step verification that Twitter has in place as a security feature but "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 was quoted as saying.

"I knew at that point that my phone had been compromised. I was on a boat at the time and could not go to my carrier (AT&T) to have the issue corrected. All that the hacker did was compromise my Twitter account. It could have been worse," McAfee added.

The security pioneer is currently working on plans to sell the world's most "hack-proof" smartphone due for release in February.

--IANS

Arnima Dwivedi

Arnima Dwivedi

A journalist, presently working as a sub-editor with newstrack.com. I love exploring new genres of humans and humanity.

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