- - Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Obama administration is warning American businesses about an unusually potent computer virus that infected Iran’s oil industry.

The warning comes even as suspicions persist that the U.S. government is responsible for secretly creating and unleashing such cyberweapons against foreign countries.

Unlike a bullet or missile fired at an enemy, a cyberweapon that spreads across the Internet may circle back accidentally to infect computers it was never supposed to target. It’s one of the unusual challenges facing the programmers who build such weapons, and presidents who must decide when to launch them.

The Department of Homeland Security’s warning about the new virus, known as “Flame,” assures U.S. companies that no infections have been discovered so far inside the U.S.


MICHIGAN

Congressman won’t attempt write-in re-election campaign

LIVONIA — Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan announced Saturday that he would not seek a sixth term through a write-in campaign after he failed to get enough signatures to get on the ballot.

Mr. McCotter ran a little-noticed Republican presidential campaign last year before asking voters to re-elect him to his Detroit-area congressional seat. He surprised everyone late last month when he announced the Michigan secretary of state’s office had determined he didn’t have the 1,000 valid signatures needed to get on the Aug. 7 primary ballot, even though 2,000 signatures were turned in.

A spokesman for the secretary of state has said only a couple hundred signatures appeared valid and many seemed to be copies.

Mr. McCotter initially said he would conduct a write-in campaign, while seeking an investigation into happened with his petitions. But Saturday, he issued a statement saying he could not cooperate with the investigation, fulfill his current duties and run a write-in campaign, so he was ending his candidacy.

“One can’t clean up a mess multitasking,” he said. “Honoring my promise to the sovereign people of our community only allows me to finish the official duties of my present congressional term; and aid the state attorney general criminal investigation that I requested into identifying the person or persons who concocted the fraudulent petitions that have cost me so dearly.”

STATE

Clinton: U.S. needs Europe ‘operating at full speed’

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the United States needs Europe “to be strong and operating at full speed once again” in order for America to completely recover from its own economic downturn.

She said the U.S. supports the need for changes among the 17 countries that share the euro as their currency, in order to make Europe more competitive and deal with issues various countries haven’t addressed.

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