Intel has finished acquiring antivirus software company McAfee for $7.68 billion in cash, the company announced today.
The acquisition was announced last August, but took some months to get approved by the U.S. Federal trade Commission and European Union.
The antivirus company seems like an odd fit for the chip maker, but Intel thinks it can make computers and mobile devices more secure by building in malware protection at the hardware level, rather than relying on software vendors to add it later on. Intel executives reportedly made improving security a top priority after the Operation Aurora attacks on Google and other big hosting companies; those attacks originated in China, and eventually provided a reason for Google to withdraw from doing some business there.
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