The word I love you could be the sweetest word you’ll ever hear from your loved ones. But that is not the case for millions of people who were victimized by this v!rus.
Filipino Onel de Guzman, now a 44-year-old working in a repair booth in Quiapo Manila, has said he unleashed the “Love Bug” v!rus but never intended to spread it globally.
The love bug was released on May 4 of 2000 as an email, also referred to as “ILOVEYOU” that infected more than 45 million machines. The email subject line was written as “ILOVEYOU,” while the attachment “LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.txt.vbs”.
The VBScript file attached to the email contained code to overwrite files, steal passwords, and also automatically send its copies to any Microsoft Outlook contacts.
The UK parliament shut down its email network for hours due to the Love Bug v!rus, while Pentagon got reportedly affected by de Guzman’s love letter bug. It is estimated that it caused billions of pounds of disruption and damage.
The place where it all started was in Pandacan Manila, but at that time not all household has a computer so the v!rus spread slowly, one house at a time.
However, a Filipino underworld forum user had claimed in 2016 that the hacker ran a cellphone repair shop in the Quiapo district of Manila. In April 2019, White visited the area where he wrote Guzman’s name on a paper, showing it to the dozens of such mobile shop workers. One person said he knew the name and further said Guzman worked in yet another phone repair shop in a Manila mall.
It all started in 2000 when de Guzman was studying at the AMA Computer University in Manila.
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