Computer networks affected by a virus with I Love You message.

The virus has had an international impact resulting in the shutting down of the House of Commons internet services. It has also been detected in the Danish Parliament and the US Defence Department at the Pentagon in Washington. The virus is believed to have originated n Manila in the Philippines before spreading across Asia and then Europe. It is said to be spreading even more rapidly than last year's Melissa virus and could cost tens of millions of pounds in damage to networks.

Its subject line seems to have an amorous message.

The virus was not detected by any of the anti-virus software which are designed to protect networks from such bugs.

Kevin Hanley of Priority Data Group describes how the virus attacks email and warns that if people receive an email with the subject line 'I Love You’, they should delete it immediately. The nasty bit of the email lies in the attachment.

If the email user double clicks on that attachment, what can happen is that your machine gets infected.

For people using the email provider Outlook, the address book is accessed by the virus and the infected email is sent out to everyone in it. The virus has already caused some networks to crash. Many companies have responded by disconnecting their networks from the internet.

This virus uses that old trick of going to the user’s electronic address book and then sending itself to everybody who’s listed there.

Kevin Hanley explains that the virus contains a Trojan malware that steals passwords and has the ability to overwrite some files.

The advice is that if you receive an email with ‘I Love You’ in the address line, delete it without opening it.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 4 May 2000. The reporter is Walt Kilroy.