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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

Secretary Jeh Johnson of the Department of Homeland Security. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Cyber bill 'CISA' nearing Senate vote as opposition mounts

The Senate will finally vote on a controversial information-sharing bill in a matter of days, but objections from Silicon Valley's biggest corporations could keep Congress once again from approving a legislative effort to stymie cyberattacks through public-private partnership. Published October 22, 2015

In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech during a meeting in Tehran, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015.  (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Iran's Ayatollah gives go-ahead on nuclear deal

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei signed off Wednesday on the nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers, but not without raising his concerns about the multinational pact that will lift long-standing sanctions in exchange for adjustments to the Iranian atomic research program. Published October 21, 2015

While CIA Director John O. Brennan pushed aside questions about the legitimacy of news reports alleging that deep nuclear and missile cooperation already exists between Iran and North Korea, he stressed that CIA officials are "not going to assume that's not going to happen." (Associated Press)

WikiLeaks posts CIA Director John Brennan's hacked emails

WikiLeaks on Wednesday posted apparently authentic intimate personal details of CIA Director John Brennan, including his health history, home address and wife's Social Security number, in the latest hacking scandal to spill sensitive government information. Published October 21, 2015

CIA Director John Brennan speaks during a news conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., in this Dec. 11, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Feds investigating hacking of CIA, DHS directors

Federal authorities are investigating the purported hacking of Internet accounts belonging to CIA Director John Brennan and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson after two Twitter users claimed responsibility. Published October 20, 2015

In this June 2, 2015, file photo, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal speaks during a ceremony announcing a $300 million expansion of Google's data center operations in Lithia Springs, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Google Books gets fair use win from federal appeals panel

Google has been given a victory in federal appeals court that will allow the tech giant to go forward with a project that has so far digitized and indexed more than 20.7 million books in the last decade. Published October 16, 2015

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014 file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an announcement of new products in Cupertino, Calif. At an event Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 in San Francisco, the iconic tech company is expected to show off new iPhones and new ways to use its voice-activated digital assistant Siri _ perhaps to control TVs and other appliances. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Hackers say smartphone voice commands can be spoofed from across the room

Google Voice and Siri by Apple have given smartphone owners by the millions a way of doing everything from drafting emails to getting directions by barely raising a finger. Now French security researchers say that hackers can do just as much on a victim's device, and without even being within sight. Published October 14, 2015

This Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows an F-35C Joint Strike Fighter conducts an approach on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, 40 miles off San Diego, Calif. The Navy has completed the first two landings of F-35C Joint Strike Fighters, a milestone for the new plane. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Andy Wolfe)

Naval Academy teaching future sailors to use sextants amid cyberwar fears

Students taking classes on the Navy's Annapolis, Maryland campus this autumn are being taught celestial navigation for the first time since 2006, and Navy officials admit the curriculum change is at least partly to blame on budding fears of extraterrestrial cyberwar. Published October 14, 2015