I LOVE YOU - Virus-inspired movie trailer and world premiere

Filed Under: Malware, Spam

Newport Beach Film FestivalThe Love Bug. I LOVE YOU. LoveLetter. All different names for one of the world's most famous viruses, which spread around the globe in May 2000, infecting millions of computers and clogging up email systems.

If you have an interest in IT and were around at the time, you'll surely remember it. But if you don't, you can quickly catch up by checking out my memories of those crazy days.

So what can possibly be new to say about the Love Bug? Well, on Friday a movie inspired by the malware will be getting its world premiere.

The stars of 'Subject: I love you'

I first wrote about "Subject: I Love You" way back in November 2008, but now it's finally seeing the light of day - at 5pm on Friday 30th April, at the Newport Beach Film Festival in California.

And here is its trailer:

It certainly looks professionally done, and has some not entirely unfamiliar actors (Briana Evigan plays the female lead, ex-Superman Dean Cain has a role, and True Blood's Kristin Bauer also features).

Want more information about the movie? Here's the promotional puff:

This action-packed romantic drama is based on the destructive 'I Love You' computer virus. This virus spread around the globe at the turn of the millennium, shutting down computer systems at the Pentagon, Parliament and the CIA. For Victor he will do anything to reconnect with the only woman he's ever loved - even if that means entangling himself in an international criminal investigation. Never have the words "I love you" almost ruined the world.

It sounds like your usual story of "Boy meets girl. Loses girl. Writes computer virus to infect millions of computers around the world to tell girl he loves her. Gets girl." Nothing out the ordinary there then..

Inspired by true events? Hmm.. well, not with the greatest precision. The real Love Bug wasn't written to impress a girl, but instead attempted to steal internet passwords. One wonders also if the film's producers will engage in any err.. viral marketing to promote it.

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.

If you're able to get to the movie premiere and see "Subject: I Love You" why not leave a comment with your review of the film?

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7 Responses to I LOVE YOU - Virus-inspired movie trailer and world premiere

  1. the virus is suppose to be a thesis, but mishandled

  2. wait....i think this is a filipino movie.....

  3. ian · 1619 days ago

    it is a filipino movie and it was premiered yesterday in USA..( tickets were sold out)..
    the lead actor is a filipino(jerico rosales).. it is the story of a filipino guy who create the I LOVE YOU VIRUS..(and i heard that he was now working in PENTAGON) how nice :)

  4. 123 · 1615 days ago

    Well there are stories that the Virus is modified by many people that's why it become a very powerful virus. The first guy really meant to make the virus just to impressed his girl (same course, same college) but he also emailed it to his colleagues, where the second guy has a thesis (failed thesis) almost the same like the I love you virus and then modified it, and the modifications go so on and so forth. The story may be partly true because there are no really accurate information who'd really made the virus. There are 3-5 suspected persons who made the virus.

  5. cupid · 1406 days ago

    hello...i want to watch this movie online..any one can help? :)

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at https://grahamcluley.com, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley