MS not planning ILOVEYOU Worm response

Microsoft issues no patch but 'supports' the antivirus community
Written by Mary Jo Foley, Senior Contributing Editor

Microsoft said it has no plans to issue a patch or security warning to its customers on the "ILOVEYOU" worm. Instead, the company is simply reminding its users to continue to follow best security practices, such as to be leery of dubious email.

"The antivirus companies are the experts here. We are working closely with the antivirus community to provide them with any information we can," said a Microsoft security spokeswoman.

She added that right now Microsoft has no plans to temporarily shut down its own internal mail servers -- something the company did to halt the proliferation of the "Melissa" virus last year.

This is being touted as the most dangerous virus since the Melissa virus last year. Go to the TalkBack forums to say your piece and read others thoughts and brushes with the ILOVEYOU virus.

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