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ZDNet: ILOVEYOU e-mail worm invades PCs

May 04, 2000, 15:13 (33 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Margaret Kane)

[ Thanks to George Mitchell for this link. ]

"Melissa-like e-mail worm, bearing the title ILOVEYOU,' is sweeping through Asia and has been reported in the U.S. and the UK."

"A scan of the visual basic code included in the attachment reveals that the virus may be corrupting MP3, and JPEG files on users' hard drives as well as mIRC (a version of Internet Relay Chat). It also appears to reset the default start page for Internet Explorer."

"Symantec said it has reports of more than 1,000 infections. The bug, which the company called VBS.LoveLetter.A, uses Microsoft Outlook to replicate itself, sending messages with the message "kindly check the attached LOVELETTER coming from me."

"The name of the attachment is "LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.TXT.vbs." Once the attachment is opened, the worm replicates itself and adds several files to the user's computer."

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