Symantec Protects Users Against VBS.LoveLetter.A
VBS.LoveLetter. A Definitions Immediately Available from Symantec via
LiveUpdate and Internet Download
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
Symantecıs 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.
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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