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

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.

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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.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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