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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].

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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2015 file photo, Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager under fire for buying a pharmaceutical company and ratcheting up the price of a life-saving drug, is escorted by law enforcement agents in New York after being taken into custody following a securities probe.  Shkreli  has resigned as the head of one of the companies he now runs, Turing Pharmaceuticals, on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015.(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Martin Shkreli's social media accounts hacked

Martin Shkreli, the 32-year-old former pharmaceuticals CEO currently facing federal securities fraud charges, had his personal Twitter account hacked over the weekend, a spokesman said. Published December 21, 2015

In this Dec. 12,  2015 picture bicycles stand next to a destroyed  entrance of  a building that was attacked  in Hamburg , northern Germany.  Police say they are looking for a group of up to 20 people who wrote "Facebook Dislike" on the social media firm's German headquarters in Hamburg. The unidentified group of people also threw paint bombs and damaged doors and windows at the American company's building in Hamburg's Neustadt neighborhood.  (Bodo Marks/dpa via AP)

Hate speech rules adopted in Germany by social media giants

Facebook, Twitter and Google all said this week that they'll implement new measures in Germany to make sure content considered to be hate speech is erased within 24 hours of being brought to their attention. Published December 16, 2015

A customer tries new iPhone 6s on display at an Apple store in Tokyo Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Apple is counting on sales of the new iPhones to maintain its position as one of the most profitable, and valuable, companies in the world. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Dating app company threatens researcher with HIV after disclosing damning security flaw

A misconfiguration recently made public the names, contact details and other information pertaining to thousands of users who had downloaded a dating app aimed at people with HIV. The company responsible has since fixed the error, but not before threatening to infect with the disease a security researcher who tried to help. Published December 16, 2015

Members of the National Guard board a truck at an armory staging area Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Baltimore. Baltimore's mayor has lifted a citywide curfew six days after riots were sparked over the death of a black man who suffered a severe spinal injury while in police custody. (AP Photo/David Goldman) ** FILE **

National Guard plans to activate cyber squads across 23 states

Cyber squads administered by the National Guard are now scheduled to be operating in 23 states across the country by 2020 as the Defense Department ramps-up its efforts to protect military and government computer networks inside America's borders. Published December 16, 2015

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. looks over his notes before a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015,  following a closed-door session with House Republicans as lawmakers work to complete end-of-the-year business and pass a comprehensive spending bill.  Congressional leaders girded to push a Christmas compromise on tax cuts and spending through the House and Senate by week's end after Republicans and Democrats reached agreement on a legislative package extending dozens of tax breaks for businesses and families and financing 2016 government operations.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

CISA cyber bill squeezed into omnibus spending plan

Lawmakers have contentious cybersecurity legislation into an omnibus spending plan put together Tuesday in hopes of having the federal government funded through next fiscal year. Published December 16, 2015