scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: New Virus Warning
Katherine Coates (Tuwanda@AOL.COM
Thu May 04 2000 - 13:16:13 CDT
This is an excerpt from an AP article that was on AOL this morning. This is
>>'I Love You' Bug Hits Computers
Virus Delivered by E-mail Spreads Quickly
By BRUCE MEYERSON
.c The Associated Press
A new software virus spread quickly around the world today, swamping U.S.
computer networks with e-mails entitled ''ILOVEYOU'' after crippling
government and business computers in Asia and Europe.
Experts said they were stunned by the speed and wide reach of the virus -
which struck members of U.S. Congress and British parliament - and warned
computer users not to open the ''LOVELETTER'' attachment that comes with the
''It appears to be the same sort of class of virus as Melissa,'' the e-mail
virus that overwhelmed computer systems around the world about a year ago,
said Bill Pollack, spokesman for the CERT Coordination Center in Pittsburgh,
a government-chartered computer security team.
But the new virus, which uses the Outlook e-mail program from Microsoft to
spread, also may infect other types of files stored on desktop computers and
network servers, CERT reported on its telephone hotline. According to other
reports, the virus may rename or damage those files.
By midday Eastern time, a virus scanning system provided on the Internet by
the Trend Micro computer security company had already detected more than
500,000 infected computer files around the world, including more than 350,000
in the United States.
The article goes on into greater detail so you may want to check the article