More Info on the I Love You Virus - variation
- More information - please be careful today also.....
David H. Press
'Love' Virus May Change Name to 'Joke' -- Experts
May 4, 2000 11:59 pm EST
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The "Love Bug" computer virus has given birth to a new
variant that entices users to open an e-mail with the word "Joke" in the
subject line that unleashes yet another virus masquerading as a "Very Funny"
U.S. business software firm Computer Associates International Inc warned on
Thursday that the ILOVEYOU "worm" might have morphed into another virus in
an effort to trick computer users into opening it.
The company said it anticipates even more variants of the virus to pop up
over the next several days, if not during the next several hours.
"It's common for variants to appear when dangerous Worms such as 'I Love
You' attempt to wreak havoc on valuable IT resources," Simon Perry, vice
president of security solutions at Computer Associates, said in a statement.
The new variant changes that have been detected by Computer Associated are a
new subject line with the words "fwd: Joke," in them and an attached file
called "Very Funny.VBS."
Experts have warned users not to open any electronic mail file with the
subject "fwd: Joke" and should immediately delete them. The company also
encourages computer users to update their antivirus software.
"CA is encouraging all computer users to protect themselves by being on the
look out for by downloading the latest signature file for e-mail with the
subject line and download the latest signature files," Perry said.
The "Love Bug" wreaked havoc on computer systems worldwide on Thursday,
shutting down e-mail systems at major companies and penetrating the
Pentagon, the Central Intelligence Agency and Britain's parliament.
It was being called the fastest-moving and most widespread computer virus
ever, affecting computers around the world at brokerages, food companies,
media, auto and technology giants as well as universities and even medical