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State Street Makes IT Layoff Plans

State Street Corp., a Boston-based financial services firm, announced plans to lay off about 375 employees, most of whom work in its IT support and services operations. The company currently employs about 3,000 IT workers. A spokeswoman said that State Street does not expect to cancel any technology projects or move toward IT outsourcing as a result of the cutbacks.

Melissa Virus Author Gets 20 Months

The programmer who created and unleashed the Melissa virus three years ago was sentenced to 20 months in federal prison after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court in New Jersey. David L. Smith, 33, of Aberdeen, N.J., faced up to five years in prison. As part of his guilty plea, Smith and federal prosecutors agreed that the virus caused more than $80 million worth of damage.

CERT Warns of Solaris Vulnerability

The CERT Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh warned that a format-string vulnerability in a utility in Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris operating system could be used by attackers to execute code on unprotected systems. Sun confirmed the existence of the flaw and said it is developing patches. It added that the hole is hard to exploit.

Short Takes

Lindon, Utah-based Caldera International Inc., which markets Linux and Unix operating systems, said it will offer support services on five rival Linux distributions. . . . Honorio Padron resigned as CIO at Chicago-based Exelon Corp., where he was also president of a unit that provided IT support to the company's businesses.

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