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The First Computer Virus in the Philippines

The first computer virus was designed and developed by Onel de Guzman, 24 years old, from Manila, Philippines.

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The computer virus or malware was named “I Love You” or “Love Bug” and “Love Letter For You”.

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A computer virus infected more than 10 million computers globally.

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The virus was developed in visual script files [.VBS].

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The virus infected local computer files like .mp3, .wav, .jpeg, etc., and hid them from view.

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The virus was spread with an email with the subject “I LOVE YOU”.

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The malware was developed to steal users’ sensitive information, like credit card details.

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The virus was spread all over the world on and after 5th MAY 2000

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Ramones and de Guzman were found innocent by the court as there was no law at that time against cyber crimes.

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