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‘I Love You’ Computer Virus Overwhelms Global Businesses

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HONG KONG, China (8 May 2000)–Late last week more than a few people opened up an e-mail named ‘I Love You’ (flattered, no doubt) and immediately regretted it. The ‘I Love You’ virus and its variants have since infected an estimated 45 million computers worldwide. So far the damage caused has come to about US$6 […]

HONG KONG, China (8 May 2000)–Late last week more than a few people opened up an e-mail named ‘I Love You’ (flattered, no doubt) and immediately regretted it. The ‘I Love You’ virus and its variants have since infected an estimated 45 million computers worldwide. So far the damage caused has come to about US$6 billion. Because Japanese businesses were closed from Wednesday to Friday last week during the so-called Golden Week, these numbers are expected to increase in the next few days. The FBI has located the virus’s origin in the Philippines. In fact, according to a high placed Philippine civil servant, the suspect is a Philippine woman. However, the authorities fear that due to all the media hype around the virus the woman has erased all incriminating evidence. At the same time, the Swedish virus expert and computer researcher at the University of Stockholm Fredrik Bjorck was quoted by the press agency TT as saying that the virus was created by a German student studying abroad in Australia. Bjorck says that the student, named Michel, was responsible for the Melissa virus last year, and that within three hours after the first ‘I Love You’ messages appeared he was able to trace Michel’s name. Moreover, he says that though the virus was activated in the Philippines, it doesn’t mean that Michel had to be there. The latest variant of the ‘I Love You’ virus is called Virus ALERT. If you receive this message or any others that are not addressed directly to you, delete them immediately. (JW)

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