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Happy99 is an email worm coded by 29A contributor Spanska. The coder described it as "sympathetic hitchhiker who uses your internet connection to travel, and thank you for the trip with a small animation", displaying fireworks when executed.

One of its more interesting features is its modification of the WSOCK32.DLL file, that it uses to spread. Every time the user sends an email or news post, the worm will send a second email or news post containing a copy of itself. Because of its ability to infect a file, its status as a virus or worm was disputed, even by its coder. The fact that it requires user interaction also gave it some trojan aspects.

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  • Tiny, a small Windows 9x virus by Z0mbie.
  • Letum, a .NET worm by Retro that spreads through email and news groups.
  • Intruder, a DOS .exe infecting virus, used in a demonstration virus in Mark Ludwig's Black Books.
  • Screen, an Atari ST boot sector virus from 1988.
  • Rike, a Linux file virus written in Assembly.
  • Init1984, the first potentially dangerous Macintosh virus.
  • Blebla, an email worm capable of infecting a system when a user simply reads its email message.
  • Leviathan, a virus by Benny created to simulate neural nets.
  • Hillary, a simple 32-bit Windows parasitic virus, coded by Mark Ludwig as a demonstration in his Giant Black Book of Computer Viruses.

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  • Reports of Russian hacking of the recent US election are met by many experts with skepticism. While some agencies claim to have evidence of Russian meddling, none seem to actually present any. Alleged Russian hackers came shortly after recount attempts in three states that only showed the winner Donald Trump gaining more votes. The Russian has been mostly silent on the election itself, with the exception of denying accusations it was involved in any nefarious activity.

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Mylife is a family of destructive worms, most of which delete important system files. Most variants of the worm entice victims to open an email attachment with the promise of a picture. It usually delivers on this promise, displaying some kind of picture once the attachment is executed. The first one (pictured) is an image of a young girl, allegedly the love of the sender's life. Later variants had a political slant, featuring former US president Bill Clinton and former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon in their images. In addition to the pictures they display, Mylife often has other intersting visual elements, like the email attachment icons. These included images of Duckman, David Duchovny (Fox Mulder from the X-Files) and Groucho Marx.

The original deletes various types of files in the root, Windows and System folders, destroying the operating system. Later variants could be anything from mildly annoying, like the G, I and J variants that simply delete MP3 files, to extremely dangerous, like the M variant, which deletes all files on certain drives.

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Yaha is a worm with many variants, all based on the original worm, but with some different features added to later versions. Some variants of the worm were created (and possibly continue to be created) in a cyber-war between hackers of India and Pakistan. The worm allegedly caused over $10 billion in damages.

Many of its variants appear as a Valentine's Day message to entice victims to download and execute the attachment. The attachment itself is often an executable with a heart icon. Most variants display some kind of screensaver with a sickeningly sweet message.

In addition to the war between Pakistani and Indian hackers, the coder of Yaha had a brush with Belgian coder Gigabyte. Yaha's coder abused her website, so she coded Yahasux, which attacks some variants of Yaha.

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