|DOD Has No Love For E-Mail Virus |
DOD Has No Love For E-Mail Virus
Washington, May 5, 2000 (AFPN) -- The Department of Defense has no love for the "love bug" virus Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon told reporters May 4.
The "love bug" -- known as the "I Love You" virus -- is a self-replicating virus that swept across the globe overnight affecting military, commercial and private computer users.
It is a "worm" virus that spreads through e-mail like a chain letter, official said. Once a person opens the file in the Microsoft Outlook e-mail application, the virus triggers infected e-mail to everyone in the victim's personal address book. The virus also attacks graphic ".jpg" files.
"We are urging all our people to avoid contact -- intimate or not -- with the 'Love Bug' virus," Bacon said. DOD's first mission is to protect its computer networks. All DOD computer users were told not to open any e-mail with the phrase "I LOVE YOU" in the subject field.
A message went out to all DOD commands about the virus. The department is working with Symantec and Network Associates -- experts in detecting viruses and developing vaccines. Current anti-virus measures cannot detect the virus. DOD officials first will put in filters to screen out the messages and then add a specific vaccine to detect and deal with the virus, Bacon said.
"We have found no evidence that this has infected any classified computer network," he said. "We have alerted everyone throughout the chain of command about the virus and measures they can take to reduce the impact.
DOD's instructions were for those who received the message to delete it unopened. The virus, also known as "Love Letter," invaded news organizations, companies and other governments.
"We have urged people not to open any of these 'I Love You' e-mails and encouraged them to set up filters on their e-mail programs that filter out any message containing 'I Love You.' We have issued instructions for eradicating the virus and are working closely with major anti-virus software manufacturers to develop a vaccine," he added.
DOD first detected the virus in Europe May 4, Bacon said. Computer security officials said they believe the virus originated in the Philippines.
Bacon said DOD will continue to protect its computer networks. DOD computer security experts will provide whatever support they are asked for to law enforcement agencies. (Compiled from American Forces Information Service and Air Force Print News releases)
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