John McAfee Says There’s a Darker Side to Presidential Alert Texts
(ANTIMEDIA) — Following the presidential alert sent to millions of Americans’ phones on Wednesday, cybersecurity expert and former presidential candidate John McAfee tweeted a dire warning:
The “Presidential alerts”: they are capable of accessing the E911 chip in your phones – giving them full access to your location, microphone, camera and every function of your phone. This not a rant, this is from me, still one of the leading cybersecurity experts. Wake up people!
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) October 3, 2018
Unsurprisingly, the media has hardly investigated McAfee’s assertion, but it appears to be at least somewhat accurate. According to a 1998 Wired article, the E911 system is part of an FCC policy implemented that year: