Re: ILOVEYOU worm (fwd)

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From: Adam L. Beberg (
Date: Thu May 04 2000 - 12:44:51 PDT

On Thu, 4 May 2000, Tom Whore wrote:

> A new VB worm is on the loose. This would normally not be bugtraq
> material as it exploits no new flaws but it has spread enough that it
> warrants some coverage. This is a quick and dirty analysis of what it does.

The mainstream press is all over this of course, reporting >75%
enterprise infection rates all over the planet. This one preaty much
dwarfs the infection rates and damage done by any other virus I can

So when are people gonna wake up and start blaming the real evil
hackers: Microsoft. Someone there, as well as the design team involved
decided that email wasn't good enough as text, and needed the ability to
read, write, and self-replicate.

Noone has suggested the solution to "uncheck the 'enable virus'
checkbox". Is there one? I use pine to read email, pine would have that
option if some programmer did turn into a raving luddite bent on
creating havok - and noone else noticed.

Wasn't Bill Joy just ranting in Wired mag about not giving
self-replication to the machines or "bad things" would happen?
Maybe we should send BillJ to see BillG with a large metal bat and let
him kick some ass.
[old bits:]

A bag of jellybeans says Microsoft gets zero blame for this, or even
associated with the $100M+ in estimated damages. Congress, the
pentagon, all hit. What happened to that cyberwarfare division the
president was hyping. Shouldn't they be protecting the pentagon from
enemies like Microsoft?

if ( reader.OS == MS )
  send this to all
  delete hard drive

- Adam L. Beberg
  Mithral Communications & Design, Inc.
  The Cosm Project - -

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