CUPERTINO, Calif. - May 4, 2000 - Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced availability of the virus definition to detect, repair and protect users against the VBS.LoveLetter.A virus. This definition is available now via Symantec¹s LiveUpdate and can also be downloaded from the following web sites:
"Viruses like VBS.LoveLetter.A that are replicated through Internet applications such as e-mail and chat pose a great threat to companies and individuals because they can rapidly spread through organizations and around the world. To contain this and other self propagated attachments, we encourage corporations and individuals to immediately update their virus definitions and update them regularly to ensure they are protected," said Ron Moritz, Symantec's chief technical officer. "As these types of Internet borne viruses become more common, a multiple line virus defense strategy becomes critical. Corporations and Internet service providers can provide their customers protection at the gateway before the infected e-mail even enters the user's in-box. At the same time, to maximize protection, we recommend users have anti-virus on their desktop to ensure their systems are maintained virus free."
The VBS.LoveLetter.A is an Internet worm that uses Microsoft Outlook to e-mail itself as an attachment. The subject line of the e-mail reads "ILOVEYOU," with the attachment titled "Love-Letter-For-You.TXT.vbs." Once the attachment is opened, the virus replicates and sends an e-mail to all e-mail addresses listed in the address book. The virus also spreads itself via Internet relay chat and infects files on local and remote drives including files with extensions vbs, vbe, js, sje, css, wsh, sct, hta, jpg, jpeg, mp3, mp2. Users should exercise caution when opening e-mails with this subject line, even if the e-mail is from someone they know, as that is how the virus is spread.
Symantec's AntiVirus Research Center began receiving reports regarding this worm early morning on May 4, 2000 GMT. This worm appears to originate from the Asia Pacific region. Distribution of the virus is widespread and hundreds of thousands of machines are reported infected.
Symantec Antivirus Research Center:
SARC is one of the industry's largest dedicated team of virus experts. With offices located in the United States, Japan, Australia, and the Netherlands, the sun never sets on SARC. The center's mission is to provide swift, global responses to computer virus threats, proactively research and develop technologies that eliminate such threats, and educate the public on safe computing practices. As new computer viruses appear, SARC develops identification and detection for these viruses, and provides either a repair or delete operation, thus keeping users protected against the latest virus threats.
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