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Rob Rosenberger

Happy99.EXE in the news

Rob Rosenberger, Vmyths co-founder
Thursday, 28 January 1999

I GOT SWAMPED again with email concerning MSNBC reporter Bob Sullivan's story about "Happy99.EXE." Let me remind everyone: 2.8 trillion other filenames might also contain a virus or Trojan horse. We may wind up reading an MSNBC story about each one. I can't remember 2.8 trillion filenames, so I boiled it down to just two sentences:

Beware any file sent by someone you don't know. Beware any file sent by someone you DO know.

Let me also remind everyone: computer security alerts never die ... they just get a new life-cycle.