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Andrew Blake

Andrew Blake is a digital writer/cybersecurity reporter for The Washington Times. He is passionate about cybersecurity, technology and the Internet. Andrew graduated from the University at Buffalo with a degree in cultural anthropology. He can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Andrew Blake

FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies during a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies about the FY2019 budget, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Encryption legislation may be needed if 'Going Dark' problems persist says FBI chief Wray

FBI Director Christoper Wray said Wednesday that he believes a compromise can be reached resolving the so-called "Going Dark" problem caused by criminals using encrypted messaging platforms and mobile devices to obfuscate their communications from investigators, but that legislation would have to be considered if other proposals come up short. Published July 19, 2018

Supporters of Ross William Ulbricht hold signs during the jury selection for his trial outside of federal court in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Clemency sought in Silk Road case as foreign suspects face trials

President Trump is being asked to grant clemency to Ross Ulbricht, the convicted mastermind of the infamous Silk Road website serving life imprisonment without parole, as the Department of Justice makes strides in its efforts to prosecute others suspected of helping run the defunct dark web bazaar. Published July 17, 2018

In this April 27, 2017, file photo, Selena Gomez arrives at WE Day California at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)

Hacking charges brought over Selena Gomez breach

Prosecutors announced felony charges Friday against a New Jersey woman accused of hacking pop star Selena Gomez, stealing her digital property and then sharing it without permission. Published July 14, 2018

In this March 6, 2018, file photo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Intelligence chief invokes 9/11 in warning of potentially crippling cyberattacks

President Trump's director of national intelligence warned Friday that foreign hackers are attempting potentially crippling cyberattacks against critical U.S. infrastructure, relating a rash of recent assaults with "alarming activities" detected by U.S. intelligence prior to terrorists striking on September 11, 2001. Published July 14, 2018