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The 10 Biggest Security Stories Of 2010

It was a year for big security breaches, giant botnets and gargantuan mergers. Here are the year's Top 10 security stories of 2010.

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1. Intel's Surprise McAfee Move

In a blockbuster move Intel in August unveiled plans to buy McAfee for a whopping $7.68 billion, including $48 per share in cash.

Intel CEO Paul Otellini has said that he does not plan to change McAfee's business model, sales practices or products. However, Intel has also said that current security measures fail to address billions of new Internet-ready devices such as mobile and wireless devices, TVs, cars, medical devices and ATM machines. The marriage of security onto the chipset could better protect Internet-ready devices from a myriad of sophisticated malware threats.

Meanwhile, some partners have said that the merger, while potentially revolutionary, carries weighty implications that could significantly impact McAfee's channel program and lower-end offerings.

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