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Imagine receiving an email from someone you know with ‘ILOVEYOU’ on the subject line and an attached file ‘LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.TXT.vbs.'
On May 5, 2000, 45 million PC users have, not knowing that it is going to be one of the most destructive viruses ever unleashed. The virus is considered to be the first worm to effectively use social engineering to evoke the users to open the file.
Affecting 500,000 systems around the world, the Pentagon, multi-billion companies, and the government included, the ILOVEYOU virus, also known as ‘LoveBug’ worm, has caused over $15 billion in damages, including $5.5 billion in the first week alone. It has affected Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Outlook which are the widely installed email handler in corporate networks at that time.
The virus, believed to have been first released in the Philippines by AMA Computer Science students Onel De Guzman and Reonel Ramones, was programmed to replace all JPEG, MP3, VPOS, JS, JSE, CSS, WSH, SCT and HTA files on the affected computer. The VBS was mistaken by users as a normal text file, not knowing that it is the program used by the hacker to develop the worm. De Guzman and Ramones were not prosecuted due to lack of evidence and absence of cybersecurity laws in the Philippines at that time.