Why Police Sought to Arrest John McAfee
In December 2012, John McAfee, who had famously built and sold his McAfee antivirus company in 1996, was wanted by Police in his country of residence, Belize as a person of interest in connection with the murder of his neighbour, Gregory Viant Faull who was found dead of a gunshot wound in November 2012.
How Did the Location of John McAfee get Identified by Authorities?
For weeks, journalists from VICE magazine had accompanied John McAfee to publish his time while on the run, however, as part of that they published a photograph on 3rd December 2012 that included the EXIF metadata, allowing others to determine the make and model of phone used to capture the image (Apple iPhone 4S) as well as the exact co-ordinates from which it had been shot.
The co-ordinates of 15′ 39′ 29.4N, 88′ 59′ 31.8W confirmed that John McAfee was in Guatemala, contrary to his previous statements and that the photograph had been taken at a swimming pool outside the Rachon Mary Restaurant in the Parque Nacional Rio Dulce.
These details were obtained from the photograph as the EXIF data had not been removed prior to it being placed on the Internet by the journalists and the handset ‘Location Services’ were active at the time.
John McAfee then sought asylum in Guatemala before being arrested for illegally entering the country.
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