Saturday, May 02, 2015
Looking back at the 15 year old Love Bug worm
My van was built 15 years ago by Mazda in Japan as a multi-purpose 'people carrier' vehicle with the unlikely name of a Bongo. It has survived the years well, and I have now converted it into a camper van. Another 15 year old that travelled across the globe has not survived the passage time, and we can be thankful for that because I'm talking about the Love Bug. No, not Herbie the talking VW Beetle from those candy-sweet Disney films but rather a computer worm that spread like wildfire in May 2000. Also known as 'ILOVEYOU' thanks to the subject line of the emails it used as a distribution method, and 'Love Letter' because it self-propagated through the use of a Visual Basic Scripting (.vbs) file attachment with the name of LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.txt.vbs, this particular malware threat was incredibly successful.