Engadget is reporting that leading processor manufacturer, Intel, has acquired anti-virus software company McAfee. Here is an excerpt:
The latter has picked up the Santa Clara-based security / antivirus company for a cool $7.68 billion, which works out to $48 per share in cash. Intel informs us that it will function as a wholly owned subsidiary (under the control of its Software and Services group).
Is it just me or does it seem odd to anyone else that a processor company would pick up an antivirus company? Should we be worried? From now on anyone who purchases an Intel based machine will see a little sticker on the computer that says “McAfee Inside”. There’s a viral CPU joke in there somewhere.