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ILOVEYOU e-mail worm invades PCs
Melissa-like e-mail worm, bearing the title ILOVEYOU,' is sweeping
Asia and has been reported in the U.S. and the UK.
By Margaret Kane, ZDNet News
UPDATED May 4, 2000 7:59 AM PT
A new Melissa-like e-mail worm has spread through Asia and Europe via
e-mail messages titled "ILOVEYOU."
A spokeswoman for anti-virus company Symantec Corp. told ZDNet UK that
virus "seems to be very widespread" and that four major European
corporations have had serious problems with their e-mail systems due to
Numerous users have reported incidences of the virus in the U.S. and
A scan of the visual basic code included in the attachment reveals that
virus may be corrupting MP3, and JPEG files on users' hard drives as
as mIRC (a version of Internet Relay Chat). It also appears to reset the
default start page for Internet Explorer.
Dow Jones reported this morning that the worm affected Hong Kong and
Singapore, and appeared to have hit investment banks and public
firms particularly hard. The wire service said that Credit Lyonnais
Securities (Asia) shut its outgoing mail server 11 minutes after
the virus to prevent it from spreading any further.
Symantec said it has reports of more than 1,000 infections. The bug,
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
files to the user's computer.
The file may have originated from a user dubbed "spyder" in the
Philippines. The text of the virus script also contains the phrase "i
to go to school."
Melissa brought worldwide attention to the problems of computer viruses
when it struck e-mail systems in March 1999. The program knocked out
servers at dozens of corporations and is estimated to have caused
of dollars' worth of damage.
David L. Smith, the alleged author of the Melissa virus, was recently
arraigned in a New Jersey court on charges of interruption to public
communications, conspiracy to commit the offense and attempt to commit
Attached is some documentation, in HTML format, about the "Loveletter"
virus. Set your browser to work off-line to read it.
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