John McAfee Extends Olive Branch Ready to Help Binance CEO, Reminds All of his Cybersecurity Days
This is very fresh news, but it's bound to make so much noise in the cryptoverse that maybe you've already heard it already.
Binance, which is one of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges, just got hacked. An attack by digital thieves managed to steal 7k bitcoins from the leading trading platform (which is about USD 40 million in current Bitcoin prices). This is a hard blow for the company because it enjoys an excellent reputation in every possible way.
The company has been very transparent about the hack, with the CEO, Zhao Changpeng, coming forward to report the news very honestly. About the hack, he said that
“The hackers had the patience to wait, and execute well-orchestrated actions through multiple seemingly independent accounts at the most opportune time. The transaction is structured in a way that passed our existing security checks.”
The company will conduct a security audit that's expected to last about a week. In the meantime, it will remain open for business and trade, in a surprising move under the circumstances.
Enter John McAfee.
John McAfee is a computer programmer who pioneered digital security as an industry decades ago. He's rich and colorful, he's very vocal about issues regarding security and cryptocurrencies, he knows how to use his Twitter account to great effect, and he also likes to get attention.
Once Mr. McAfee heard about the bad news about Binance, he was quick to offer the platform his help.
“[email protected]_binance – if I can help at all please let me know. Underneath my clown suit is still one of the most experienced cybersecurity experts on the planet. I've been doing it for 51 years. I am at your service.”
Mr. McAfee is indeed one of the most seasoned experts in digital security in the world, and he's also very interested in all things related to cryptocurrencies. He's claimed to know Satoshi Nakamoto personally.
But the software mogul couldn't lose the chance to issue a challenge to another security legend, Eugene Kaspersky, of Kaspersky labs by writing
“Hackers are the dark wizards of our age. Now is the time for my cybersecurity peers to prove they are wizards of the people. I challenge my one-time awesome and fearful competitor –
@e_kaspersky – to join me in offering support to @cz_binance. And all of the rest of you.”
It's anybody's guess if Binance will take McAfee's offer for help at face value. It would seem rather unlikely unless both CEOs are friends and know each other well. Also, bringing more attention to the platform's hack is probably not the kind of attention that Binance wants right now, even if it's clearly tried not to hide the news from the cryptoverse at large.
It will be even more unlikely for Kaspersky to jump in the mix.
As they say, the message is in the bottle, and we will see in the next few hours if Binance is willing to accept Mr. McAfee's help (or interference?) as they deal with the hack's aftermath.
We wish good luck to all the Binance users that will be affected by this new episode in cryptocurrency theft.