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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

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Tuesday, April 1, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Senate panel wants DHS to control .gov domains

A Senate committee is quickly moving forward on a proposal that gives the U.S. Department of Homeland Security more authority in protecting government websites. Published July 30, 2015

In this Thursday, March 12, 2015, photo, a fourth-grader uses Google docs to complete an exercise at Mira Vista School in Richmond, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) ** FILE **

Not my type: Browser tool combats monitoring of online behaviors

You can learn a lot about a person by the websites they visit, but what can be inferred by the speed of their keystrokes? Two privacy-minded security experts have released a tool that they say obscures the digital footprints left not by metadata, but behavioral biometrics. Published July 30, 2015

In this Thursday, March 12, 2015, photo, a first-grader learns keyboarding skills at Bayview Elementary School in San Pablo, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Hacking Team CEO says terrorists and criminals are benefiting from breach

The CEO of a recently hacked spyware vendor says the attack against his company has made it easier for criminals and terrorists to operate, but privacy advocates say the breach has been instrumental in propelling an international discussion on surveillance tech. Published July 29, 2015

Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn (Associated Press) **FILE**

Controversial cybersecurity bill called CISA likely delayed until fall

Consideration of a controversial cybersecurity bill that encourages private companies to share data with the federal government is now expected to be delayed until the fall, with opponents attributing the holdup to their grassroots efforts aimed at derailing the act. Published July 29, 2015

In this June 6, 2013, file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus on in Fort Meade, Md. The Obama administration has decided that the National Security Agency will soon stop using millions of American calling records it collected under a controversial program leaked by former agency contractor Edward Snowden. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

NSA bulk-collected phone records to be purged in November

Historic phone records collected in bulk by the National Security Agency are poised to be purged from the NSA's database later this year, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said this week. Published July 28, 2015

FILE  - In this Sept. 26, 2014 file photo, smaller-dose pot-infused brownies are divided and packaged at The Growing Kitchen, in Boulder, Colo. A bill up for its first vote in the state legislature on Wednesday., March 25, 2015 would repeal a 2014 Colorado law requiring pot foods to have a distinct look when out of its packaging. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

CDC warns of dangers of marijuana edibles

Government health experts warn in a new report that the risks of consuming marijuana-infused edibles like weed brownies and other snacks mustn't be understated following the suicide last year of a man whose death has been blamed on pot. Published July 26, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles during a meeting on Internet startups in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on March 27, 2015. (Associated Press/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)  **FILE**

YouTube risks being blacklisted, Russia warns

YouTube has been warned by Russia that the video-sharing portal could soon end up on the Kremlin's growing list of banned websites due to a recent copyright infringement spat. Published July 24, 2015

Members of the hacking group Anonymous. (Associated Press)

Census Bureau database breached by hackers

Hackers have breached a computer network used by the U.S. Census Bureau and have made off with "non-confidential" information from a government database that has since been published online, the agency admits. Published July 24, 2015

These undated photos provided by the Baltimore Police Department, show Baltimore police officers, top row from left, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller and Edward M. Nero, and bottom row from left, William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice and Alicia D. White, charged with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray. A grand jury indicted the six officers, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Baltimore Police Department via AP, File)

Fundraiser for Baltimore cops canceled after blackface backlash

A fundraiser that had been scheduled for the six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray has been canceled after an outcry erupted over news that a former cop was slated to perform at the event in blackface. Published July 23, 2015