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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

Human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor shows Associated Press journalists a screenshot of a spoof text message he received in Ajman, United Arab Emirates, on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Mansoor was recently targeted by spyware that can hack into Apple's iPhone handset. The company said Thursday it was updated its security. The text message reads: "New secrets on the torture of Emirati citizens in jail." (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

Israeli spyware found on phones in 45 countries, U.S. included

Cellphone spyware sold by an Israeli security firm is suspected of being used against targets in dozens of countries including the United States, researchers warned Tuesday, raising concerns and questions about topics ranging from eavesdropping to export control. Published September 18, 2018

WikiLeaks denies Julian Assange sought Russian visa

WikiLeaks has denied publisher Julian Assange sought a visa from Russia, disputing a recently leaked letter written to Moscow's consulate in London shortly after the website first started releasing classified U.S. diplomatic documents. Published September 18, 2018

This wanted poster released by the FBI shows a photo of Park Jin Hyok. Hyok, a computer programmer accused of working at the behest of the North Korean government, was charged Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in connection with several high-profile cyberattacks, including the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack and the WannaCry ransomware virus that affected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide. (FBI via AP)

North Korea disputes existence of Park Jin Hyok, suspected Sony hacker

North Korea on Friday denied the existence of Park Jin Hyok, the accused hacker charged by the Trump administration last week with participating in suspected state-sponsored cyberattacks suffered by victims including Sony Pictures Entertainment. Published September 14, 2018

his Nov. 1, 2017, file photo shows some of the Facebook ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process and stir up tensions around divisive social issues, released by members of the U.S. House Intelligence committee, are photographed in Washington. Groups tied to the Russian government have been trying to meddle in U.S. politics since at least the 2016 elections. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

Facebook 'better prepared' for election meddling in 2018: Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook is "better prepared" for the sorts of meddling that occurred on its platform prior to the 2016 U.S. presidential race, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday, albeit weeks after the company's former chief security officer said the time has passed for adequately protecting the November midterm elections from interference. Published September 13, 2018

In this Tuesday, July 31, 2018, file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump shout down a CNN news crew before a rally in Tampa, Fla. Amid the "Trump 2020" placards, the "Women for Trump" signs and the "CNN SUCKS" T-shirts, the most inscrutable message that came out of Donald Trump's Tampa rally on Tuesday evening was a letter, Q. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Reddit bans 'QAnon' conspiracy theory communities

Reddit has quashed online communities devoted to "QAnon," a fringe conspiracy theory that alleges the existence of a "deep state" secretly plotting against President Trump. Published September 13, 2018

In this May 9, 2017, file photo, U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Mike Rogers strays from fellow ex-intel officials over John Brennan's clearance

Retired Navy Adm. Michael Rogers, the former head of both the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, revealed his reasoning Tuesday for not joining scores of other veteran intelligence officials in denouncing President Trump for recently revoking former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance. Published September 12, 2018