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May 04, 2000, 19:23 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"So far I've been "ILOVEYOUed" six times today. Unlike many of you, however, other than being annoyed, I don't have the bug, I'm not going to get the bug, and I'm certainly not going to spread it...."

"According to Symantec's Marian Merritt, group product manager for Norton products, you wouldn't be the only one. "This will be worse than Melissa, because it sends messages to everyone, not just the first 50 people, on your address book. We expect e-mail servers to be shut down across the world."

"But, wait. There's more; the program also loads itself up in your MP3 music and JPG graphic files. Worse still, it also deletes MSKernel32.vbs, Win32DLL.vbs, mIRC's script.ini, as well as several minor files. Can you say "wrecked system"? I knew you could...."

"Now, a Microsoft security spokesperson is saying that while Microsoft is working closely with antivirus companies, it doesn't have any plans to issue a patch or security warning. Thanks guys, good of you to pick up the ball like that...."

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