The creator of “Love Bug”, one of the world’s first computer viruses that affected 45 million people, now works in a phone repair shop in the Philippines and says he regrets triggering the smart files in 2000 .
- Onel de Guzman created the Love Bug virus in 2000 to access the Internet for free
- The virus spread by email, masquerading as a love letter
- The virus eventually spread to 45 million computers and forced Parliament to shut down its messaging network after one of its computers was affected
The creator of one of the world’s first computer viruses says he regrets it.
Called Love Bug, or ILOVEYOU, the virus first spread by email in May 2000 and affected more than 45 million computers worldwide.
This even led the English Parliament to disconnect its official messaging network for several hours to protect sensitive data after the disclosure of an account.
Onel de Guzman created one of the world’s first viruses, called Love Bug or ILOVEYOU, in 2000, which masqueraded as a love letter sent by email.
The virus was developed by Onel de Guzman, a 24-year-old computer science student from AMA Computer College, and a member of a local hacking group called Grammersoft.
He couldn’t afford regular Internet access, so he wrote the virus code to try to access people’s account information for dial-up Internet access.
Initially, he simply used the virus in local chat rooms used by other Filipinos, but when he emailed a revised version of the virus, things quickly got out of hand.
“I did not expect this to happen in the United States and Europe,” said de Guzman BBC report. ‘I was surprised.’
The virus arrived in users’ inboxes with the subject “ILOVEYOU” and a message containing a Visual Basic script file that would automatically download the virus to anyone who clicks it.
“Please check the attached LOVELETTER from me,” says the message.
The virus would overwrite random files and send a copy of itself to all other addresses in a person’s email address book, which helped it spread so quickly.
“I understood that a lot of people want a boyfriend, they want each other, they want love, so I called him that,” said de Guzman.
de Guzman says he created the virus because he couldn’t afford regular Internet access and wanted to steal other people’s login information for their remote access accounts. Today, he works as a repairer for smartphones and says he regrets having spread the virus.
According to de Guzman, he had gone out to drink with a friend after sending the first email, and by the time he returned home, the police were looking for him.
The National Bureau of Investigation of the Philippines tried to charge him with a number of different charges, but none succeeded because the laws of the day were not written to take viruses into account. IT.
Today, de Guzman runs a small smartphone repair shop in a shopping center in Manila.
“Sometimes I get my photo on the Internet,” he said.
“My friends say,” It’s you! I am a shy person, I do not want it.