Intel sells anti-virus business, waits 12 years, buys anti-virus business

Filed Under: Malware

McAfee and Intel
The big news in the IT security industry today is the announcement that Intel plans to acquire McAfee for a jaw-dropping $7.68 billion.

Yes, that's "billion". Oh to have such pocket money.

Of course, those of us with long memories will know that Intel is no stranger to the computer security industry.

Indeed they used to have their own anti-virus product (Intel LanDesk Virus Protect) which they sold to Symantec in 1998.

Symantec acquires Intel anti-virus

Now, Intel is purchasing Symantec's arch-enemy McAfee and re-entering the business.

It's like they're dancing the hokey-cokey. # You put your left leg in, your left leg out, in out in out, and you shake it all about... #

It's too early to say what the impact of this acquisition will mean to McAfee's customers, but there will no doubt be some happy McAfee shareholders today as the price rises to its highest level since the late 1990s.

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One Response to Intel sells anti-virus business, waits 12 years, buys anti-virus business

  1. iamis · 1102 days ago

    Um... it's the Hokey Pokie, not the Hokey Cokey. :-)

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley