At Deadline Briefs

New Linux Worm On the Loose

A dangerous worm began spreading across the Internet late last week, infecting Linux servers running vulnerable domain name software, the SANS Institute said. Called Lion, the worm steals passwords, installs and hides other hacking tools on the infected system, and then uses that system to begin looking for other servers to attack, said Bethesda, Md.-based SANS. Lion takes advantage of a vulnerability in the Internet Software Consortium's Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND) server that was disclosed in January. The only defense against the worm is to upgrade vulnerable versions of BIND. Security experts have developed a utility that detects whether a server is infected; it's posted on the SANS Web site at www.sans.org.

FCC to Rule on 3G Spectrum Allocation

The mobile wireless industry's insatiable demand for bandwidth has it eyeing spectrum being used by major telecommunications firms, universities and the U.S. Department of Defense, all of which are wielding their considerable clout to force a hands-off policy for their coveted frequencies. The battle will come to a head March 30, when the Federal Communications Commission earmarks new spectrum for high-speed third-generation (3G) wireless networks.

Short Takes

AT&T Corp. has agreed to acquire the assets of bankrupt Digital Subscriber Line service provider NorthPoint Communications Group Inc. in San Francisco for approximately $135 million. . . . Compaq Computer Corp. announced a $100 million deal with Allscripts Healthcare Solutions in Libertyville, Ill., to provide physicians with iPac PCs. They can use the wireless handheld computers to access patient information. . . . Citing overcapacity for processing online trading orders in light of the recent stock market sell-off, San Francisco-based Charles Schwab & Co. announced plans to cut 11% to 13% of its workforce. The bulk of the cuts will come in the second quarter.

This story, "At Deadline Briefs" was originally published by Computerworld.

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