Re: [gundam] Happy 99


HunterD (jlouk@ix.netcom.com)
Thu, 18 Mar 1999 15:16:32 -0600


let me get this straight. . . you have to save the .exe and run it to be
infected? or can you be infected by just opening the email?

"Y. Choe" wrote:

> > I am still getting Happy 99 from people. Luckily I am using a Mac, so the
> > exe file came as garbage. I can't seem to convince this technophobe to
> > "cure" herself. Does Happy 99 actually harm your computer in anyway, or
> > does it simply reproduce and distribute itself to other computers without
> > any harmful consequences (i.e. hard disk format, file corruption, etc.)?
>
> AFAIK, there is no corruption of any files on your hard drive with the
> exception of your TCP/IP Drivers (winsock.dll maybe?). Once you're
> infected, the now corrupted driver files attaches Happy99.exe to every
> outgoing piece of mail (does it also attach to News Group Files? I've heard
> of both). Of course, when you receive a mail with Happy99 and run it,
> everyone you send mail to gets Happy99, and the brutal cycle continues,
> unless you own a Mac/*Nix/Non Win Platform.
>
> At the moment, iMac seems to have shown its purpose, solely to stop
> technophobe users to stop the spread, or at least contain, Happy99 worm...
>
> Yong Choe (aka Y. Choe)
>
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