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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

Vehicles are stopped by security personal as they enter a gate Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, to Camp Edwards, Mass., on Cape Cod. Police and military officials were searching Monday for three soldiers from the Afghanistan National Army who went missing Saturday during a training exercise at the base. The Afghan soldiers had been participating in a U.S. Central Command Regional Cooperation training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, at Camp Edwards, U.S. military officials said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Military bases ratchet up REAL ID restrictions, refuse non-compliant driver's licenses

Driver's licenses issued out of Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Washington state will no longer be accepted at American military bases as proof of identity, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, because those states have failed to implement security measures mandated by a federal law enacted more than a decade ago. Published January 20, 2016

This screen shot made Thursday, April 9, 2015, on an iPhone 6 shows some of the new emojis available with the iOS 8.3 software update. The batch of more than 300 new emojis includes ones different skin tones and depictions of families with two moms or two dads. (AP Photo)

Russian censors say emojis don't violate 'gay propaganda' ban

The Russian government has concluded that emojis that come pre-installed on Apple iPhones don't violate the federal law against promoting homosexuality to minors, sparing the Silicon Valley company from being fined for infringing on the Kremlin's so-called "gay propaganda" ban. Published January 19, 2016

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, second from left, speaks as auto executives listen at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Foxx said Thursday that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also will develop a model policy for states to follow if they decide to allow autonomous cars on public roads. That policy — which will be developed within six months — could help form the basis of a consistent national policy. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Obama admin pledges $4B toward self-driving cars

The Obama administration on Thursday pledged $4 billion toward a 10-year plan that would fund research and development projects related to autonomous automobile technology in hopes of putting self-driving cars on American streets during the next decade. Published January 15, 2016

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

John McCain says White House's cyber deterrence policy comes up short

The cyber deterrence policy put out by the White House last month is "wholly lacking any new information," Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain said in a blistering statement released Thursday after the Obama administration unveiled its plan more than a year behind schedule. Published January 15, 2016

In this photo taken Jan. 12, 2016, Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Coralville, Iowa. Political groups are flooding the airways during popular game shows, including "Wheel of Fortune" and “Jeopardy!” as well as local news and network morning shows as they try to influence presidential primary voters, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Jeb Bush: Put the NSA in charge of the civilian side of the Internet

Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said during Thursday night's Republican Party debate that he favors putting the National Security Agency in charge of the country's cybersecurity needs following a series of of high-profile hacks that successfully targeted government agencies and corporations alike under the current administration. Published January 15, 2016