COMPUTER SECURITY

Worm Impact Low, Microsoft Says

Microsoft said the spread of infections from the Zotob computer worm is slowing as companies install software to stop the program.

The impact of the virus, a new strain of the existing Zotob worm that affects computers running Microsoft's Windows 2000, has been "low," Microsoft said.

The company issued an update to guard against the worm, available at www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS05-039.mspx.

Another Internet Explorer Flaw

Microsoft worked to fix a vulnerability in its Internet Explorer Web browser after security experts posted instructions online for exploiting the flaw. For an update, see Brian Krebs's Security Fix at www.washingtonpost.com/securityfix.

ACQUISITIONS

Secure Computing to Buy Rival

Network security software maker Secure Computing said it agreed to acquire rival CyberGuard in a cash and stock deal worth $295 million.

MEDIA

XM Radio to Broadcast Comedy Shows

XM Satellite Radio will broadcast Headliners Entertainment Group's comedy programming. The Rascals Comedy Classics library and the new Rascals Comedy Hour will run on the XM Comedy channel starting in early September.

USA Today to Publish Tech Magazine

USA Today, owned by McLean-based Gannett, said it will launch a glossy annual magazine, USA Today Now Personal Technology, on Oct. 17.

Compiled from staff and news service reports.

Microsoft provides information on the Zotob worm on its Web site.