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BetaNews: ILOVEYOU Virus Mutating - 10 Variants; More To Come

May 06, 2000, 20:55 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Dobbins)

"t's now clear that the original ILOVEYOU worm, apparently created by a 23- year-old Filipino and e-mailed out at around 03:00 GMT Thursday, is the worst virus outbreak on record. Latest reports from Symantec (http://www.symantec.com ) confirm that 10 variants, other than the original, are now in active circulation, masquerading as jokes, Mother's day gift orders, for example."

"Almost all the variants, the IT security firm says, have been designed to bypass anti-virus and similar protection software that has been updated to handle the original "killa from Manila" worm. ... arlier indications that the worm was designed to wipe multimedia files, transmit IDs and passwords to the super.net e-mail addresses - and cause havoc on top of the wholesale downing of Internet e-mail services - have now been confirmed."

"The sheer scale of the damage and the speed with which it zipped around the world was caused, the firm said, by the simple fact that it replicates to all addresses in the host users' Outlook directory. In contrast, Melissa, which wrought havoc in March of last year, "only" sent itself to the first 50 users in a recipient's directory."

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