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May 05, 2000, 08:19 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gavin Sherry)

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"The "I LOVE YOU" virus has hit Microsoft Outlook users around the world with anything but love. Once opened as a Visual Basic Script attachment by an Outlook mail client, the virus is executed on the local machine. It affects image and music files, such as JPEGs and MP3s, and also tries to download malicious software from around the Internet, to allow crackers to enter affected systems. At the same time, the virus mails itself to all addresses in the Outlook address book."

"Outlook Express does not run under Linux. Linux e-mail clients, in fact, do not and cannot execute Visual Basic Scripts. "In no way, shape or form is Linux affected by this virus," said Andrew Polowczyk, System Technician Pacific Internet. The popular mail clients which run under Linux - Pine, Mutt, Elm, the Netscape and Mozilla mail clients - can be made to execute attachments but this does not occur by default. So far, Linux software developers have kept ideas like this in mind, so that they can pre-empt malicious intent, such as "I LOVE YOU."

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