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John McAfee Plots Tech Return, Pledges to Make Internet Unhackable

Colorful software maven wants back into the technology industry

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    Nearly a year after his much-publicized flight from Belize, John McAfee wants back in to Silicon Valley.

    John McAfee believes only one man can save the Internet.

    That man is John McAfee.

    The mercurial founder of anti-virus software, whose high-profile escape from Belize made international headlines in late 2012 and earlier this year, is now plotting a return to Silicon Valley and the computer industry he left decades ago, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

    McAfee, 67, wants to launch a new cybersecurity company that will make the Internet "impossible to hack, impossible to penetrate," he told the newspaper.

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    McAfee's escapades earlier this year were the stuff of novels: after a neighbor of his, another American expatriate, was found dead in Belize, McAfee eluded police by wearing disguises, faking a heart attack, and burying himself in the sand -- all of which was meticulously recorded on his blog and reported in the media.

    McAfee founded the anti-virus software company that still bears his name in 1989 before selling it and moving to Colorado in 1994.

    He's scheduled to speak Saturday at the first-ever C2SV "music festival and tech conference" at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, the newspaper reported.

    A lot is brewing for McAfee: two movies, a book, a 90-minute TV documentary and comic books, the newspaper reported.

    Police in Belize "still want" to interview him, too, the newspaper reported.

    However, security is a "conservative" field and it's unclear how the hard-living, colorful individual will do in such a tepid environment.

    For his part, McAfee will stay in his new home in Portland, Ore., he told the newspaper. Silicon Valley is not weird enough -- and too darn crowded.