E-mail anti-virus and anti-spam service supplier intY has predicted that the Love Bug computer virus is unlikely to cause further turmoil this year, but warns against complacency.
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Based on its round-the-clock monitoring of viruses and spam targeting small businesses' e-mail boxes, intY said there had been no recorded Love Bug attack for three months. As a result, this year’s Valentine’s Day may well pass off without the Love Bug striking.
Mark Herbert, CEO and founder of intY, said, “While it looks like the passion has gone out of the Love Bug, businesses shouldn’t be complacent. We’re advising our clients to expect an influx of Valentine’s Day spam and to be wary of any attachment that claims to be a Valentine’s Day greeting.
"Virus writers are increasingly relying on social engineering to get around anti-virus defences. So thinking twice before blithely clicking on an attachment could ensure small businesses don’t suffer more than just broken hearts this February 14th”.
intY's MailDefender is a managed service that filters e-mail traffic for computer viruses, spam and other malware. The company has more than 3,000 small business customers in the UK.