In May 2000, the world was rocked by one of the most notorious computer scams ever. It was called the ILOVEYOU virus, and it spread rapidly across the world, infecting millions of computers.
The virus was created by two Filipino hackers, Onel de Guzman and Reonel Ramones. The virus was sent in an email with the subject line “ILOVEYOU” and an attachment called “LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.TXT.vbs”. When the user opened the attachment, the virus would spread to the user’s contacts, and then to their contacts, and so on.
The virus caused a great deal of chaos, as it infected computers around the world and caused massive damage. It corrupted files, overwrote data, and even caused some computers to crash. The virus was estimated to have caused billions of dollars in damage. The ILOVEYOU virus was eventually tracked down to its creators and they were arrested and charged with fraud and computer crimes. They were sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay a fine of $15,000.
The ILOVEYOU virus was a wake-up call to the world, highlighting the importance of cyber security and the need to be aware of the dangers of opening unknown files or links from emails you are unsure of! Remember if you do not know the sender, do not open any links or files in that email!