Feeds

Love Bug malware-inspired film gets big screen premiere

Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy writes virus ...

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

A film inspired by the infamous Love Bug computer worm is due to premiere on Friday.

The Love Bug (AKA I love you or LoveLetter) clogged up inboxes and email servers worldwide as it spread rapidly in May 2000. The virus, which came packed in a malicious attachment with the subject line "I love you", overwrote multimedia on infected machines before forwarding copies of itself to everyone in a user's Windows Address Book.

A film themed on the malware, and titled Subject: I Love You is due to get its first screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival in California on Friday. The film stars ex-Superman Dean Cain and True Blood's Kristin Bauer, among others, in what is described as an "action-packed romantic drama is based on the destructive 'I Love You' computer virus".

The basic premise is that a boy loses the girl of his dreams before lighting on the idea of getting her back by writing a destructive computer virus. Back in the real world, the Love Bug was actually written to swipe online access passwords by a computer science student in the Philippines. Onel de Guzman, the chief suspect in the case, escaped prosecution because of the lack of applicable computer security laws in the country at the time.

Net security firm Sophos expresses the hope that the film doesn't do anything to glorify computer virus creation, a sentiment we're inclined to share.

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)
Over £200 worth of the good stuff up for grabs
Facebook's Zuckerberg in EBOLA VIRUS FIGHT: Billionaire battles bug
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contacted as site supremo coughs up
Space exploration is just so lame. NEW APPS are mankind's future
We feel obliged to point out the headline statement is total, utter cobblers
Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so
Website letting consumers claim $10 cash back crashes after stampede
Down-under record: Australian gets $140k for pussy
'Tiffany' closes deal - 'it's more common to offer your wife', says agent
Internet finally ready to replace answering machine cassette tape
It's a simple message and I'm leaving out the whistles and bells
Swiss wildlife park serves up furry residents to visitors
'It's ecological' says spokesman, now how would you like your Bambi done?
The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event
Nerve-shattering run-up to the pre-planned known event
STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants
Baaaaaa! Fanny's Farm's woolly flock is high, maaaaaan
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.