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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

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd while arriving at a rally Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Las Vegas. Trump spoke at the Treasure Island hotel and casino on the Strip. (AP Photo/John Locher) ** FILE **

Trump credited with boosting traffic to white nationalist website

As Donald Trump maintains a resounding lead among likely Republican voters nearly a year before the presidential election, the real estate mogul's message is resonating strongly among a much more niche group of Americans: white nationalists. Published December 10, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin heads a cabinet meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik,  Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin says he hopes Russia won't need to nuke ISIS

Nearly three months after Russia began its own campaign against the Islamic State in Syria, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that he hopes his military won't have to rely on nuclear weapons to wipe out the terror group. Published December 10, 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 **

White House wants public's input during 'critical conversation' on encryption

After an online petition urging the Obama administration to endorse strong encryption managed to garner more than 100,000 signatures, the White House said this week that it wants Americans to be involved in a "critical conversation" that has already widened a rift between Washington and Silicon Valley in recent months. Published December 9, 2015

This Nov. 4, 2013, file photo shows the icon for the Twitter app on an iPhone in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Counterterrorism social media bills see bipartisan support in House and Senate

As terrorists continue to turn to social media for amplifying ideologies and scouting new recruits, Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate are pushing a pair of legislative proposals to ensure companies like Facebook and Twitter are properly informing the federal government about suspected extremist activity as it unfolds on their networks. Published December 9, 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)

Social media companies, politicians push to ax pro-ISIS accounts

Social media companies as Twitter and Facebook have been purging pro-Islamic State accounts, but politicians are pushing Silicon Valley to ratchet up efforts even more in the wake of several high-profile terrorist attacks. Published December 7, 2015

FILE - In this June 27, 2012 file photo, blog writer Stephanie Klose, sips beverage as she participates in a soda taste test in New York. Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 said they'll work to reduce the calories Americans get from beverages by 20 percent over the next decade by more aggressively marketing smaller sizes, bottled water and diet drinks. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Applebee's, IHOP ditch soda from kid's menus

Applebee's and IHOP have yanked soft drinks from their children's menus nationwide with the aim of encouraging parents to consider alternatives while dining out. Published December 4, 2015