Getting a love letter in your inbox might make you blush, depending on who sent it. But 20 years ago, email messages with the subject line “ILOVEYOU” weren’t actually so sweet. They came with a virus attached, and that love letter racked up billions of dollars in damages. Two decades later, the author of the not-so-affectionate virus has admitted to unleashing the malicious code.

According to the creator of the virus, also known as the “Love Bug,” he never intended for it to cause as much damage as it did. Or any damage at all, really. Geoff White, a writer for BBC News, says he tracked the culprit down at a mobile phone repair shop in Manila. His name is Onel de Guzman, and he’s now 44 years old.

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