American McAfee, who founded the antivirus firm that bears his name and at one stage was worth over $100 million, went on the run at the end of last year after being accused of murdering his next door neighbour in Belize.
He in turn accused the government of a conspiracy against him and claimed that he would be killed if the Belizean police tracked him down. McAfee is now back in the US after slipping across the border into Guatemala.
On his blog, McAfee said last week that following a raid by Belize police at his home in April 2011, he decided to take revenge on the government authorities.
McAfee claims to have purchased 75 cheap laptops and installed invisible keystroke logging software on all of them, meaning they would feed him files and data on command.
He says that he then repackaged the laptops as though they were new and sent them as presents to "government employees, police officers, Cabinet Minister's assistants, girlfriends of powerful men, boyfriends of powerful women".
"I hired four trusted people full time to monitor the text files and provide myself with the subsequent passwords for everyone's e-mail, Facebook, private message boards, and other passworded accounts," he explained in the post.
"The keystroke monitoring continued after password collection, in order to document text input that would later be deleted. So nothing was missed."
He claims that the team grew to 23 women and six men, who were trained as "operatives" in computer and phone hacking. According to him, some of the women even became "pillow talk" mistresses who seduced high ranking men to get information.
"Eight of the women were so accomplished that they ended up living with me," he said. "It was amazingly more efficient and they were easily convinced to check up on each other. One was so accomplished (Marcia) that she became a double agent and nearly got me killed."
McAfee claims that his operation gathered a range of information, including "uncountable numbers of sexual affairs - embarrassingly lurid and intimate chats. Multiple, simultaneous protestations of love, and jealousy, and anger".
He also claims that he discovered that the Prime Minster of Belize allegedly ordered the murder of a Belizean gang leader, and the existence of a Hezbollah trafficking network that smuggled 11 Lebanese men a month into America.
McAfee, who has previously admitted to a love of hoaxes, says that he was "not sure" what he actually expected to gain from the spying ring.
"The satisfaction of revenge perhaps - to some extent - what little satisfaction there is in revenge," he said.
"As a way to get my stuff back? Maybe. For the sheer joy of muscle flexing? I can't answer precisely. Much of my life is a mystery to me. Suffice it to say: I just did it because I could."