By: E&P Staff
A new variant of the Sober spam worm is being blamed for the deluge of German spam messages carrying right-wing or neo-Nazi messages flooding in-boxes around the world this week. Once the attachment is opened, the worm uses its own e-mail engine to send itself to addresses harvested from the infected computer.
Some messages link to right-wing German sites. This may be linked to the 60th anniversary commemorations of the end of World War II in Europe.
Sober-P grabbed attention at the beginning of the month, in Germany and around the world, offering soccer tickets to the 2006 World Cup, but this is a new political variant.
Der Spiegel Online mentioned as a suspect today the NPD (German National Party), a neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic party that has advanced in some parts of the country lately. Last year, the NPD shook Germany when it got 9.2% of the vote in elections in Saxony, winning representation in the parliament there for the first time ever.