At Deadline Briefs

Exodus to Sell Most Operations to C&W

Exodus Communications Inc., which filed for bankruptcy protection in September, agreed to sell most of its Web hosting operations and user contracts to London-based Cable & Wireless PLC (C&W) for $575 million in cash and the assumption of $180 million in liabilities. C&W plans to run 30 of the 48 data centers owned by Santa Clara, Calif.-based Exodus and will try to transfer all users to those facilities.

CERT Warns of Unix, Linux FTP Holes . . .

The CERT Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh issued a warning about vulnerabilities in a file transfer protocol (FTP) program used in Unix and Linux systems. Left unpatched, the holes in the Washington University FTP daemon, WU-FTPD, which was developed at Washington University in St. Louis, could allow an attacker to take control of a system using remote root capabilities, CERT said.

. . . As Its Site Is Hit By Denial of Service

CERT, a clearinghouse for IT security information, also said its Web site was hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack last week. The attack overloaded CERT's servers and left its site unreachable at times. The center said it's routinely targeted for attacks and added that no organization "is completely immune to occasional service disruptions."

FDIC Outsources End-User Support

Washington-based Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. signed a five-year deal to outsource its help desk and network performance management operations to Lockheed Martin Corp. in Bethesda, Md. The contract is valued at $45 million.

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