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Hacky Birthday Virus Hoax

Hacky Birthday Virus Hoax

Updated:
February 13, 2007



Hacky Birthday is not a virus; it is a hoax. It has been seen in multiple languages including English and Spanish.The message is similar to the following:

PLEASE SEND THIS MESSAGE URGENTLY BEFORE JULY-31-98!! G.I.S.V.I. - UBA NetATTENTION TO ALL INTERNET & E-MAIL USERS
Ref: VIRUS "HACKY BIRTHDAY!"

This message is being distributed by the Investigation Group for Viruses from the Buenos Aires University.There has been a trojan (trojan= virus that is executed by certain conditions) sent to 3 principle suppliers of e-mail and Internet in our country.All e-mail that has been sent through these suppliers have been infected with this trojan to all of those computers that have access to these su
ppliers.This virus, luckily, still hasn't activated yet and will do so this July 31, '98. This date seems to be the birthday of a well- known argentine hacker who has entered ilegally into government institutions, banks, Internet suppliers whose nickname was found in the virus program with the phrase: "Hacky Birthday"!Having a very complex programming technique it isn't possible to be detected with any known antivirus.The following antivirus programs (and without efective eliminative results): ThunderByte, Scan, Norton Antivirus, MSAV, F-Prot, and the Panda Antivirus.If the virus were to become activated on the date indicated, it would transmit an Internet address not identified (maybe that of the virus' author) the login, password, DNS addresses and telephone access to Internet that resides within the infected computer destroying previously the FAT (File Alocation Table) Primary and Secondary of the hard disk leaving it paralized and without possibilities of recovery.So in the meanwhile, due to the closeness of the date indicated in which the virus will activated itself, and until the Investigacion Group for Viruses from the Buenos Aires University finds a way to eliminate the offensive virus, OUR RECOMMENDATION IS TO LEAVE THE COMPUTERS TURNED OFF ON JULY 31, '98, TO PREVENT THIS TROJAN FROM ACTIVATING ITSELF.Unfortunately this virus has its own countdown that starts once infected in the computer, which means that IT DOESN'T WORK IF YOU CHANGE THE DATE OF THE COMPUTER TO ESCAPE FROM IT ACTIVATING ITSELF.Please ignore any messages regarding this hoax and do not pass on messages. Passing on messages about the hoax only serves to further propagate it.