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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

This Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, photo, shows the WhatsApp and Facebook app icons on an iPhone in New York. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof) ** FILE **

ACLU urges Congress to thwart spies by embracing encryption

Digital encryption enables whistleblowers, terrorists and everyone in-between to communicate securely and without leaving much of a trace. Now with national security potentially on the line, privacy advocates are imploring lawmakers in Congress to embrace encryption as well. Published September 22, 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 **

Feds seek 'front door' access to encrypted data as 'going dark' solutions turn slim

Fallout from recent hacks have given the tech industry good reason to believe Americans want assurance their data is secure. But absent a solution to the government's "going dark" dilemma, federal attorneys say Silicon Valley engineers might have to meet them halfway when it comes to encryption. Published September 21, 2015

Republican presidential candidates from left, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and John Kasich take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Campaign websites for 2016 hopefuls largely fail privacy test: study

As presidential hopefuls pull out all the stops to earn the trust of American voters, a new study suggests that the official campaign websites for most of the candidates are ripe with "troubling privacy practices" that place user data at risk. Published September 18, 2015

In this Sunday, March 4, 2012, file photo, Syrians hold posters of Syrian President Bashar Assad, far left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, second left, during a pro-Syrian govermment protest in front of the Russian Embassy in Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman, File)

Russian aircraft arrive in Syria, Pentagon says

Russia has begun moving military aircraft into war-torn Syria, defense officials claim, raising concerns Moscow may imminently launch strikes to support the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Published September 18, 2015