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John McAfee

Michaelangelo Virus

6 Mar, 1992

McAfee tells journalists that a virus dubbed “Michelangelo,” which completely wipes the hard drive of infected computers, will be activated on as many as five million PCs. His declaration causes a near-panic in the computer-using world. But by March 7, nothing has happened. He is blamed for creating a false threat to sell more of his anti-virus software. Sales reportedly “skyrocket”  with more than half of the companies in the Fortune 100 having purchased McAfee software.