When major exchange Binance went offline for several hours earlier this month the crypto world went into a frenzy.
Many believed the exchange had been hacked and as you might expect some individuals even went so far as to generate fake screenshots purporting to be Binance warnings that their exchanged wallets had been emptied.
Well known technophile John McAfee publicly and pointedly took to Twitter to ask Binance about the rumors, a move that may have caused even more panic.
Not trying to spread FUD, but I have received dozens of reports like this one. I’m just trying to understand. As a security researcher, I know that potential hacks are far more easy to solve if investigated immediately. Days later magnifies the task by orders of manitude. pic.twitter.com/u1PL9Z4tGf
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) February 8, 2018
Once it became clear that Binance was merely experiencing a widespread outage, McAfee quickly admitted his mistake and publicly apologized:
I would like to apologize to Binance and to CEO Changpeng Zhao for my part in the FUD regarding their outage last week. As a long time cyber security professional, my instincts, coupled with numerous reports which were dubious in nature, overrode my better judgment. Forgive me.
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) February 12, 2018
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