A visit by a BBC journalist aims to solve the Love Bug enigma, which has been a mystery for 20 years:
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Love Bug first appeared on May 4, 2000, and subsequently spread over the world, affecting approximately 45 million computers globally. The British Parliament, the Pentagon in the United States, and other organizations were poisoned to death.
A BBC reporter is on the way to help solve the 20-year mystery behind Love Bug.
Onel de Guzman, who was interviewed by reporters, acknowledged to creating the Love Bug, claiming that it was a modified version of an earlier virus he designed to steal passwords for Internet access back when dial-up was still in use and he couldn’t pay them.
He added automatic propagation to the original code in the spring of 2000 so that he could take advantage of a vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows 95 operating system to send a copy of the virus to the victim’s Outlook contacts, and he created a headline for the e-mail attachment that would entice people all over the world to open it: “I Love You.”
“I discovered that a lot of people want boyfriends, they want each other, and they want love, therefore I called the virus after that,” he explained. Onel de Guzman expressed regret for the harm he had caused.
How the Love Bug swept the world
On May 4, 2000, the Love Bug worm outbreak began.
Victims’ computers received an email with the attachment “LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU,” but it was the email that contained malicious code that altered files, stole passwords, and distributed copies to all contacts in the victim’s Microsoft Outlook address book. The malicious code may modify files, steal passwords, and distribute copies of them to everyone in the victim’s Microsoft Outlook address book.
However, in just 24 hours, the Love Bug had spread over the world and caused serious problems, with reports claiming that the Love Bug had infected up to 45 million machines.
Alarm bells still ring now as we reflect on this history.
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