Move aside Hackers. There is a new computer virus-related movie film on the horizon.
Anyone who had a Windows OS computer back in the early part of last decade probably remembers the ILOVEYOU virus. The computer worm was one of the most devastating viruses at the time, causing $5.5 billion in damage and affecting an estimated 50 million computers.
Now the tale of the ILOVEYOU virus is being made into a movie. Called Subject: I Love You, it stars Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), Briana Evigan (Step Up 2), Kristin Bauer (Trueblood) and Dante Basco (best known for his role as Rufio in the movie Hook). The fictional tale features newcomer Jericho Rosales, as Victor, the kid who becomes entangled in the ILOVEYOU virus criminal investigation in order to reconnect with the only woman he ever loved.
The tag-line for the movie is, Never have the words I love you almost ruined the world.
The actual ILOVEYOU virus was started by Reomel Lamores and Onel de Guzman, a pair of Filipino programming students. The real reason the pair started the virus was to gain access to computer passwords.
Graham Cluey, senior technology consultant at security firm Sophos, said he is weary of a movie that glorifies this kind of behavior. I don't want to come across as too much of a fuddy-duddy, but let's hope the movie doesn't glorify too much the creation of malware. Even in the days of the Love Bug it was a problem which could have a serious impact on businesses and home users, Cluey wrote on his blog.
The virus was written with Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting. It spread like wildfire because of its enticing subject head and the fact any extensions were hidden, making people think it was a real email. It was also interfaced with the popular Outlook email, which allowed it to take user's contacts and forward it along to them.
Here is a look at the trailer. The movie premieres this weekend at the Newport Beach Film Festival in Newport Beach, Calif.