McAfee WhatsApp Hack Said To Be A Ruse On Reporters

John McAfee, the man behind the popular and successful antivirus software for multiple platforms, has a storied history when it comes to dealing with the press and the public. Back at the end of February he and many other companies expressed support for Apple in their case against the FBI, and stated that the government was trying to "force Apple into involuntary servitude." Beyond this, he was also seen as running for President as a candidate for the libertarian party. Recent details about McAfee revolve around what may be a much more comical matter, depending on how you look at it, as he reportedly tried to convince reporters that he could hack WhatsApp's encrypted message platform.

According to the details, it appears as if McAfee made claims that he had cracked the encryption on WhatsApp that was launched back in April as a new feature for the mobile app. A report titled "WhatsApp Message Hacked By John McAfee And Crew" was posted on a site called Cybersecurity Ventures which is where the claim seemed to have stemmed from, but it's noted that the title leads people to believe the hack took place, while McAfee himself apparently never actually makes a statement in the context that he had hacked the WhatsApp encryption. It's reported that he had attempted to send two Samsung phones in sealed boxes to reporters in which they could use to message each other through WhatsApp, and that he would use a Skype video call to read off the messages, but the details also state that both phones were apparently pre-loaded with a keylogger malware that would allow him to capture the stuff that was being typed between both reporters.

McAfee's statement which according to Gizmodo was later changed following a phone interview was, initially, that he had apparently hacked WhatsApp, having approached a few different news organizations such as the International Business Times and allegedly Business Insider about the scenario. It's noted that he apparently later shifted his statement when reporters "expressed concern" over validating the initial claim about the hack, saying that there was an issue with the Android architecture that allowed him to place the malware on the phones, which McAfee states, "is the story," which will be published once he is able to talk with Google about the issue.

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