On the ILOVEYOU virus’s 20th anniversary, former Microsoft executive Steven Sinofsky looks back at how it—and two gnarly precursors—changed software design.
Steven Sinofsky worked at Microsoft from 1989-2012 and oversaw the Office (1998-2006) and Windows (2006-2012) teams. In this excerpt from his draft book, Hardcore Software: Inside the Rise and Fall of the PC Revolution, he writes about three Office viruses, WM/Concept.A, Melissa, and ILOVEYOU. Along with besieging PC users, they led the company to reassess some of its fundamental philosophies about its products. ILOVEYOU—the last, most infamous, and pernicious of these attacks—first hit inboxes on May 5, 2000, 20 years ago today.
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