Just like Intel, Google Acquires Security Software Company
Article by George Norman
On 04 Mar 2011
Mountain View-based search engine giant, just like Intel, has recently acquired a security software company. While Intel acquired MacAfee, a big name company that I’m sure you’re familiar with, Google acquired Zynamics, a small German software company that specializes in reverse engineering. “We're pleased to announce that Zynamics has been acquired by Google!" said Zynamics in a very short post on its official blog.

Google representatives said that the company is glad to have acquired Zynamics and that Zynamics’ tools will certainly help Google fend off malware and provide an even higher level of protection to its users. Zynamics was founded back in 2004 by prestigious security expert Thomas Dullien, known in the whitehat hacking community as 'Halvar Flake'. By acquiring Zynamics, Google now has access to Halvar Flake’s expertise.


Additional information on the acquisition has not been made public.

Switching focus over on Intel, the acquisition of McAfee, company that specializes in providing security software solutions for home and business users, has finally gone through. David De Walt, President of McAfee, announced that the acquisition, which was first announced back in August, cleared reviews by the US Federal Trade Commission, the European Commission, other regulatory bodies, and the boards of directors and stockholders. McAfee is now a wholly owned-subsidiary of Intel and a part of Intel’s Software and Services Group. De Walt now responds directly to Intel Senior VP and General Manager, Renée James.

“This acquisition is the largest in Intel’s history and reflects Intel’s strategic elevation of security as a top global priority. As many of you know, the McAfee vision of security extends from “silicon to satellite,” and we remain thoroughly focused on the breadth of that vision. The deal will accelerate the development of more effective ways of providing security below the operating system by bringing security to silicon, and we continue our aggressive advance into securing digital devices, networks, systems, the cloud, and beyond,” commented De Walt.

Tags: Google, Zynamics, Intel, McAfee
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