Computer bug strikes again – Sober.Q, a familiar nemesis, has political message

A persistent computer virus of German origin has flared again, this time dumping torrents of right-wing messages and Web site links into e-mail inboxes worldwide.

Sober.Q and its variants did not ignore Utah Internet service providers (ISPs), and by Monday were accounting for the majority of messages queued up in many e-mail accounts.

"It doesn’t appear to be doing any real damage, but irritating? You’re not kidding," said Pete Ashdown, president of Xmission, a Salt Lake City-based ISP. "I’ve had 150 of these messages today myself."

By Bob Mims
The Salt Lake Tribune

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