Landesman said that, besides regularly updated antivirus software on the desktop,
content-filtering gateways on the front end are proving a helpful means of alerting
administrators to incursions by malicious code such as VBS.NewLove.A. "You can cause
these filters to stop all .vbs files from entering. This has probably helped limit the
spread of this bug," she noted.
The earlier Love Bug, or Love Letter computer worm, was apparently launched by
youths in the Philippines. It has been gauged as the most expensive and most damaging
virus in history, according to some published estimates. While Philippine authorities
have questioned individuals in the case, no one has yet been charged. In fact, the
incident has come to be seen in some quarters as a showcase revealing the
sophistication of that Asian country's programming community.
In a statement, the FBI said it has opened an investigation into reported
VBS.NewLove.A activity. Landesman of Command Software said there were no clear
indications in the bug script that this was the work of Filipino hackers.
Includes reporting by Jack Vaughan, ITworld.com, and material from IDG News