It’s not a coronavirus, it’s a virus called ‘I love you’!

Thousands of new messages pop up on WhatsApp and on Facebook if something new is happening in our world. It’s no wonder that months of haunting stuff is a long-running affair on WhatsApp-Facebook.

Kovid-1 has created such a flood of information in the last couple of months. We do not know the magnitude of the truth-lies in this stream, but it is true that there are a few pieces that have been torn down.

An example of such interesting information is the list of viruses that have been spotted in the past year, which have appeared on Facebook and WhatsApp for some time.

Software viruses are haunting the IT world, as are biological viruses that haunt humans. The “I love you” software is the most prominent one on any list of such viruses, depending on the amount of trouble. This episode of the tech world is recalling a disturbing two decades ago, when Corona needed to hear the news of the virus.

Although we all outright identify a virus as a virus, there are different types. These belong to a group I remember, the ‘I Love You’ worm. The procedure is to continue this series, causing trouble on the part of one computer and spreading it to other computers on the network.

Well, why does this software have the good name ‘I Love You’?

This is because the software looks like a love letter sent to a user’s email. In the subject line I started with “I Love You”. A file called Love Letter for You!

The problem was starting to happen. The software would destroy all of the available files, sending the same love letter to all email addresses in the Outlook software. Some of them were opening the file with email, the I Love You pandemic spreading to more computers.

It was later discovered that this software was created in the Philippines. On May 6, the first floodwaters flown westward reached Hong Kong and then spread across Europe and the Americas. The software affected the British Parliament, the American CIA, and the Pentagon’s email systems over the next ten days, affecting more than five million computers. Subsequent estimates have claimed that the cost of the software could have been saved by one and a half billion dollars.

The source of the love letter flooding is interesting enough. It was only after some misinformation that the police reached the Philippines in search of who might have unleashed the software. After trial, it was discovered that the two young technicians – Rionel Ramones and O’Neal de Guzman – were responsible for creating the software. More mischiefs of the nation’s origin were used as a basis for the creation of new versions of the same software.

The funny thing is that cyber laws were not as clear and strong as they are today. Thus the creators of I Love You received no punishment. This incident led to the creation of laws against cyber crimes in many parts of the world, including the Philippines. ‘I Love You’, which has shown many loopholes in Microsoft’s Windows operating system, has remained on the all-time list of worst-performing software even after twenty years.

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