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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

A Taser X26 stun gun is seen on a California Highway Patrol's belt. A 2011 Justice Department study on the use of Tasers and other nonlethal weapons concluded they can spare lives and injury for both suspects and officers. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Taser court victory in teen-death case upheld on appeal

A federal appeals court Friday affirmed a ruling that Taser International -- the manufacturer of law-enforcement stun guns -- isn't liable for the death of a Michigan teenager in 2009. Published August 21, 2015

A June 10, 2015, file photo shows Ashley Madison's Korean website on a computer screen in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

Hack doesn't stop iPhone users from downloading Ashley Madison mobile app

Hackers, be damned. Ashley Madison's iPhone app is experiencing a surge in popularity this week in spite of the high-profile security breach that caused account details pertaining to the popular adult dating site's millions of users to be dumped on the Internet. Published August 21, 2015

Mallory Whitt works at her desk at the offices of the Wikipedia Foundation in San Francisco on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Russia threatens to add Wikipedia to blacklist over narcotics article

The Kremlin says it will ban Wikipedia within Russia unless the website blocks access to an article about drugs. The warning from Roskomnadzor, the government's online regulator, comes weeks after similar threats were made over content on Reddit and YouTube. Published August 21, 2015

A June 10, 2015, file photo shows Ashley Madison's Korean website on a computer screen in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

Hackers claim to release second round of Ashley Madison data

A second trove of data purported to have been pilfered from hacked dating website Ashley Madison has surfaced online in as many days, this time containing files thought to include sensitive corporate information. Published August 20, 2015

This Feb. 1, 2011, file photo shows medical marijuana clone plants at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Judge says marijuana dispensary video can be used in probe of California police

Surveillance video showing the police raid of a medical marijuana dispensary in California can be used by investigators, a judge has ruled, curbing law enforcement's efforts to keep the video from being entered as evidence in the probe concerning the conduct of the officers involved in the operation. Published August 20, 2015

'Drinkable Book' uses space-age pages to filter bacteria from water

Never mind eliminating illiteracy. A scientist's new book project in the works isn't geared towards bookworms, but rather the hundreds of millions of people without access to clean water -- and the author says the technology involved in printing the final product could end a global crisis. Published August 19, 2015

In this June 9, 2013, file photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/The Guardian, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, File)

Smashed laptops once containing Snowden secrets pose privacy questions, researchers say

When British intelligence ordered the destruction of laptops containing copies of Edward Snowden's trove of stolen files in 2013, the U.K.'s efforts were scoffed at by many as merely symbolic. Now two researchers say an analysis of what is left of those computers raises questions about what it means to delete a file in the digital age. Published August 18, 2015

Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, is the lead writer of a guest op-ed column this week in The New York Times titled "When Phone Encryption Blocks Justice." Mr. Vance has sounded off against encryption before, including in The Washington Post last September. But his latest plea has his name appear alongside those of leading law enforcement officials from the U.K., France and Spain. (Associated Press)

Law enforcement officials seek 'backdoor' way to unlock encrypted data

One of the top prosecutors in the U.S. is ramping up his war on encryption in the press, but now with the backing of other law enforcement figures worldwide and international companies eager to arm governments in the escalating cybergame of Spy vs. Spy. Published August 17, 2015

In this Nov. 19, 2014, file photo, BMW introduces the X6 M during the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Car hacker finds flaws in Mercedes, BMW, Chrysler systems

Two weeks after a security researcher revealed how he could remotely control upwards of millions of GM automobiles by exploiting a vulnerability with its OnStar navigation systems, the hacker now says that cars sold by Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Chrysler are similarly susceptible to attack. Published August 14, 2015