Don't be fooled! It's NOT loving!
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ILOVEYOU or Loveletter is a worm that was written in VBScript (a Visual Basic lite) and affected Windows systems. It mass mailed itself via e-mail in the year 2000, leading to server crashes across the world.
The worm e-mails used the subject "ILOVEYOU," included the body text "kindly check the attached LOVELETTER coming from me.", and included an attachment, "LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.vbs" - But many people didn't see the ".vbs" since Windows on default hid file extensions. So they thought it was merely a .txt file (it is not possible for malware to reside in non-executable code, and a .txt is not executable code).
Upon opening, it e-mails itself, and if you are running mIRC, also tries to send itself to all of your IRC buddies. It also replaced various files (with extensions such as css, hta, jpg, jpeg, js, jse, mp2, mp3, sct, vbe, and vbs) with copies of itself. It also tries to download a program, bugsfix.exe, which collects all of the saved passwords and e-mails them to the author of ILOVEYOU.
The worm originated from the Philippines. The authors could not be convicted since the Philippines had no law against writing and distributing malware.
Not so common anymore
- Somebody actually made a movie based on the worm, called Subject: I Love You
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