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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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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

Encryption scrambles communications so that it is impossible to read the messages without a key, and it poses a potential problem for investigators as they ramp up surveillance of suspected Islamic State-inspired operatives in the U.S. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Encryption among concerns raised by senator in probe of San Bernardino shooting

As questions remain unanswered about any plotting done in advance of the Dec. 2 shooting rampage in San Bernardino, the chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee has asked the Department of Justice to disclose whether the suspects may have relied on encryption to obscure their plans. Published December 15, 2015

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Las Vegas. The first rule of gambling is sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Not even Donald Trump was immune to that fundamental truth as he built a gambling empire. He helped Atlantic City grow its casino market into the nation’s second-largest while welcoming celebrity friends like Michael Jackson, smothering his casinos in neon purple carpeting, and bringing his touch to decorating: If one chandelier is good, then 17 are better. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Trump rally turns heated amid audience scuffles, Nazi salute

As Donald Trump took to the stage Monday for a campaign rally in Las Vegas on the eve of the year's last presidential debate, the event briefly went off the rails when supporters began engaging with activists on hand to protest the Republican Party front-runner. Published December 15, 2015

Officials at Henderson State University in Arkansas are defending signs that were recently posted on campus that ban sagging pants, despite complaints that they unfairly target black students. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Tennessee teens do jail time for sagging pants

Sagging pants sent two Tennessee high schoolers to the county jail this month after their low-riding wardrobe selections left them being charged with indecent exposure. Published December 15, 2015

This Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, file photo shows a Twitter app on an iPhone screen in New York. Twitter announced, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, that the company is laying off up to 336 employees, signaling CEO Jack Dorsey's resolve to slash costs while the company struggles to make money. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Twitter begins warning users of attacks from state-sponsored hackers

Twitter has begun notifying account holders who the company believes are being targeted by state-sponsored hackers, following in the footsteps of Google and Facebook as government-hired cyber spies continue to set their sights on social media. Published December 14, 2015