ON THE LAM SECURITY PIONEER John McAfee appeared to give away his location by mistake yesterday, but swiftly explained that it was just a ruse to cover his tracks.
McAfee was thought to have been arrested yesterday, then thought not, then he appeared in a photo in Vice magazine, with a note that said that one of its reporters was with him.
Unfortunately, or embarrassingly, that photo had what all modern photos have - it kept some location information.
Waggish internet users were quick to point this out of course, and they tracked McAfee down to a location in Guatemala.
Check the metadata in the photo. Oooops.... vice.com/read/we-are-wi…— Simple Nomad (@simplenomad) December 3, 2012
Not so said McAfee in a blog post. Rather this was all part of a cunning plan to throw pursuers off the scent and presumably boost the number of men in ill-fitting suits and sunglasses visiting Guatemala.
"I openly apologize to Vice Magazine for manipulating their recently published photo. I, for my own safety, manipulated the xif data on the image taken from my cellphone, and created a fake emrgency so that the urgency of movement led, as I knew it would, to the hasty posting on their website," he said. "I felt that our tenuous situation demanded action, and that was the action that I chose."
Photographer Robert King has posted similar to his Facebook. "The geo tag was manipulated .... To keep our location secret...", he said. Vice magazine has since replaced the photo with a copy that has the geotag information removed.
We don't know what to make of all this, but one thing is for sure. The McAfee story is getting weirder and weirder. µ