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A guy whose name is synonymous with antivirus software, John McAfee, had an awfully bad week. Belize police raided his home last week and killed his dog, reports Network World.McAfee was one of the first people to design antivirus software. He launched McAfee Associates in 1989. In 2010, Intel bought the company for $7.68 billion.
The raid happened in the early morning and allegedly involved smashing down his doors, ransacking his property, and shooting his dog. Police confiscated a bunch of weapons including shotguns, handguns, rifles with scopes and ammunition. McAfee says he had permits for all of them.
In all the uproar, police reportedly handcuffed him and his 12 employees and detained them until the wee hours of the night.
McAfee moved to Belize in 2008, where he founded a biotech company company QuorumEx. He told a local TV station that he thought the raid was harassment because he refused to donate money to “the local political boss.”
In 2010, Fast Company wrote a revealing interview of McAfee and his life in Belize. He had donated a $1 million patrol boat to the Belizean coast guard and claimed it was an act of philanthropy. Later he admitted that he had to bribe members of the coast guard to stop them from hassling his ferry business.
He hasn’t been formally charged with anything, but it’s certainly sad that his dog paid such a steep price.