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Loveletter.as

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Loveletter.as
Technical name:W32/Loveletter.as
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Subtype: Trojan
Effects:  It overwrites files in the affected computer and deletes all the network disk drives that can be accessed by the infected computer.

Affected platforms:

Windows XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

Detection updated on:Nov. 13, 2002
StatisticsNo
Family:LOVELETTER (I LOVE YOU)

Brief Description 

    

Loveletter.as is a worm that arrives in a message that aims to trick users into thinking they have received a love letter.

It spreads very rapidly in a message with the following subject US PRESIDENT AND FBI SECRETS =PLEASE VISIT => (http://WWW.2600.COM)<= and the message VERY JOKE..! SEE PRESIDENT AND FBI TOP SECRET PICTURES.

Whenever Loveletter.as infects a computer, it automatically sends itself out to all the contacts in the Address Book.

This virus has very damaging effects:

  • It overwrites the content of all files with VBS and VBE extensions, making them irretrievable.
  • On November 7 it deletes all the network disk drives that can be accessed by the affected computer. This makes this virus particularly damaging for companies.

Visible Symptoms 

    

A clear indication that you have received Loveletter.as is an e-mail with the following characteristics:

  • Subject:

    US PRESIDENT AND FBI SECRETS =PLEASE VISIT = > (http://WWW.2600.COM )< =
    In some cases the subject consists of six characters selected at random.

  • Message:

    VERY JOKE..! SEE PRESIDENT AND FBI TOP SECRET PICTURES.
    The message can also be a text containing ten characters selected at random.

Once Loveletter.AS has carried out its infection, it displays the following warning dialog box on screen on September 17: