Billion Dollar Love Bug Worm Marks Sixth Anniversary
Six years ago Thursday the infamous "Love Bug" worm debuted to the dismay of the world's computer users, who fell for one of the first socially-engineered pieces of malware.
Also known as "ILOVEYOU," the worm duped millions in May 2000 into opening the e-mailed attachment by promising it was a message from a secret admirer. "kindly check the attached LOVELETTER coming from me," the e-mail's text read.
Once the worm infected the recipient's PC, it spawned clones and spread to other PCs by hijacking local e-mail addresses, a new tactic at the time. Love Bug also changed Internet Explorer's home page, destroyed image and digital music files, and snatched passwords.
The worm caused an estimated $7 to $10 billion in damage worldwide. InformationWeek | Worm Attack | Billion-Dollar Love Bug Worm Marks Sixth Anniversary | May 4, 2006
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