John McAfee's D-Central Aims to Thwart Government Spying Efforts

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During an interview at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center this past weekend, antivirus software founder John McAfee touted a new invention that he's planning to launch as soon as possible. It's called D-Central, and based on that name alone, and the fact that it's goal is to enhance your privacy, it's probably easy to surmise that it's simply a creative way to say "decentralize".

A hardware product, little is known about D-Central at this point, but given its goals, it's easy to speculate on its final design. It's likely to plug into your ISP's router and perhaps act as a router or switch itself, automatically decentralizing all (or maybe just some) of your traffic so as to make it untraceable - at least in theory.

Because the networks that D-Central can create are dynamic, efforts by the NSA, or agencies like it, to track things down would be made much more difficult, if not impossible. Of course, that means just one thing: The governments won't be happy. True criminals would have an easier time hiding, for example. McAfee's thoughts? "Of course it will be used for nefarious purposes, just like the telephone is used for nefarious purposes." The difference is that phone conversations can be pin-pointed, whereas the traffic D-Central would pass through can't be. You might imagine, though, that most criminals using a phone for communications likely aren't sticking to the same one for too long.

When D-Central is released, it'll cost about $100. Due to its design of rerouting your traffic, it's likely to reduce net performance to a certain degree, but for some, that will be more than worth it for the enhanced security and privacy. McAfee vows that if the US bans such a device - which wouldn't be surprising - he'll continue to sell it elsewhere. As far as he's concerned, D-Central is becoming a reality, and it's as simple as that.

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realneil replied on Tue, Oct 1 2013 12:20 AM

what was that term coined by the Japanese General about waking the sleeping giant?

John just may be opening a can of whoop-ass that he will not be able to close later on,....

Dogs are great judges of character, and if your dog doesn't like somebody being around, you shouldn't trust them.

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A Tor router is already in the works and would accomplish essentially the same thing.

Or you could just, you know, use Tor (www.torproject.org) which is open-source, not produced in a manner conducive to including a backdoor, and evidently completely f***ed up the NSA's attempts to crack it in a systematic way.

"We will never be able to de-anonymize all Tor users" -the NSA

That being said, I think more options are better than fewer options and I applaud McAfee's efforts. Although he did distribute FBI spyware in McAfee anti-virus for years, and I probably wouldn't use his network for that reason, I do think that since then he has seen the light.

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Sleeping giant? I think you have been watching too much TV. Are you talking about the little pipsqueak hiding behind the curtain?

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