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10 Security Threats That Came And Went

Think LulzSec and Anonymous will be around forever? We're here to provide a different perspective with a few "undefeatable" threats that have gone the way of the dodo.

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The "I Love You" Virus

The words ’I love you’ never instilled so much fear in people’s hearts (well, almost). The virus, also known as ’Love Letter,’ swept through tens of millions of inboxes in 2000, wreaking havoc on users’ computers. One of the first attacks to employ social engineering techniques, the prolific virus enticed users with the subject line ’I Love You’ coupled with an attachment, ’Love Letter For You.’

Upon opening the attachment, users were treated to a very unexpected surprise when the worm sent a copy of itself to all of their contacts in messages appearing to arrive from the victim, while making a slew of malicious changes to the victim’s system with a password-stealing Trojan designed to harvest ISP usernames and passwords.

After multiple waves of attacks, the "I Love You" virus eventually fizzled out. But not before leaving behind a path of destruction in its wake estimated to have cost companies between $5 to $10 billion for the cleanup of infected machines.

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