Now FBI finally catches the guy behind a 20-year-old Computer Virus, the ILOVEYOU bug damaged systems worth $30 billion in just 10 days

Computer Virus

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the most notorious computer virus in the history of the world. FBI finally catches Onel De Guzman, the mastermind behind the creation of this cyber malware. In the report available online yo will see in the entire interrogation that brought him down. The virus normally affected Windows OS back then by using malicious attachments through emails. It took only 10 days to infect around 50 million people around the world.

But the worst part of it was the effect on the global economy. The eventual cost of repairing all infected systems and backing up data to restore them is somewhere around $30 billion to date. Powerful associations like the CIA, Pentagon, and the U.K. Parliament shut down all their E-mail systems for a year as an immediate response. At the time, the ‘ILOVEYOU‘ virus made headlines in all newspapers around the world. For the digital world, it had the same effect as that of Coronavirus in the biological world.

Also Read: Xiaomi ready to launch MIUI 12 with brand new features only for selected Redmi and Android smartphones!

Computer virus pandemic: ‘ILOVEYOU’ virus

The Love Bug is not a basic computer virus. To be more specific it is a worm. The main difference between them is the way it spreads on an infection. Viruses need activation of the ‘host file’ for the infection to start and continue. A duplicate of the host file is required whenever a subsequent machine needs to be infected. But a worm, on the other hand, is a self-replicating virus. This makes it easier to spread because it can propagate itself into any paths of the shared network.

Also Read: The job market will change after the Coronavirus pandemic, LinkedIn launches virtual interview platform to get you job-ready

Computer virus

The infection normally took place using emails have a subject line ‘ILOVEYOU‘ and an attached document with it. This document was presumably a love letter, except for the fact that it was not. Opening that love letter made the computer run the series of command present in the batch file. Apparently it was a Visual Basic script file. The virus messes with all of the internal workings of the computer system and deletes important files and folders.

The author of the ILOVEYOU worm, Onel de Guzman, was never prosecuted as the Philippines didn’t have any laws against computer hacking at the time. But the FBI recently tracked De Guzman down to a mobile phone repair shop in Manila, where he told them that he regretted writing the virus as well as the infamy it brought upon him.

However, the virus has not been seen in recent history. Let us know what you think about it in the comments section below!

1 thought on “Now FBI finally catches the guy behind a 20-year-old Computer Virus, the ILOVEYOU bug damaged systems worth $30 billion in just 10 days”

  1. Do you mind if I quote a few of your posts as long as I provide credit
    and sources back to your site? My blog site is in the exact same niche as yours and my users would truly benefit from a lot of the information you provide here.
    Please let me know if this okay with you. Thank


Leave a Comment