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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

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In this photo taken June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court building is seen in Washington. The Supreme Court seems divided over whether Internet search sites can be sued for publishing false information about people if the errors don't cause any real harm. The justices appeared to split along ideological lines Monday during arguments in a case that pits business groups concerned about exposure to costly litigation against consumer protection advocates who want companies held accountable for mistakes. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Supreme Court won't hear Quartavious Davis search warrant case

The Supreme Court has declined to weigh in on the case against Quartavious Davis, a Florida man convicted of armed robbery in 2011, in turn ending years of legal wrangling surrounding whether or not authorities had legally obtained the evidence used against him. Published November 10, 2015

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks at the start of a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this May 14, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen, File)

House committee requests StingRay surveillance details from 24 agencies

After recent reports revealed that the IRS purchased StingRays -- portable devices capable of collecting detailed information on every mobile phone within a given range -- congressmen have asked two-dozen other agencies to explain if and how they've used similar technology. Published November 10, 2015

In this Nov. 19, 2013, file photo, the shadow of a pedestrian is cast under a sign in front of JPMorgan Chase & Co. headquarters in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Feds indict 4 over JPMorgan hack, string of bank-related cyberattacks

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged four men accused of participating in cyberattacks waged against several banks and financial news publishers, including the 2014 hack suffered by JPMorgan Chase, in what's called "the largest theft of customer data from a U.S. financial institution in history." Published November 10, 2015

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2011 file photo, a sign with Facebook's "Like" logo is posted at Facebook headquarters near the office for the company's User Operations Safety Team in Menlo Park, Calif. Europe's highest court on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 has ruled in favor of an Austrian law student who claims a trans-Atlantic data protection agreement doesn't adequately protect consumers. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Facebook gives advertisers new insights into potential customers

Millions of businesses already rely on Facebook to deliver alerts and promos to fans and followers, but a new feature unveiled this week intends to give advertisers a better understanding of their clientele by harnessing the vast personal data collected through the social networking site. Published November 5, 2015

Former Army Pvt. Bradley "Chelsea" Manning would be more welcome at the transgender-only VA clinic in Cleveland than others who have served their country. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)

Chelsea Manning drafts 139-page surveillance reform bill from prison

Edward Snowden isn't the only government leaker gunning to reform the nation's surveillance laws: The former NSA contractor is credited with getting the USA Freedom Act passed earlier this year, but WikiLeaks source Pvt. Chelsea Manning now has a proposal of her own, which she revealed on Tuesday. Published November 4, 2015

In this screen shot from Parliament, the debating chamber at the House of Commons after Members of Parliament is shown in a February 2015 file photo.  (AP Photo/Parliament, PA) **FILE**

U.K. launches inquiry over telecommunications company hack

A cybersecurity breach suffered last month by TalkTalk, a British telecommunications company, has become the focus of an official parliamentary inquiry following reports that a fourth person has been arrested in connection to the hack, lawmakers announced Wednesday. Published November 4, 2015

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Cybercriminals rake in $325M from CryptoWall ransomware: report

Cybercriminals have made hundreds of millions of dollars during the last year off of CryptoWall, a sophisticated type of malware which makes the contents of an infected computer off limits until an attacker is compensated by the affected owner, security experts say. Published November 2, 2015

The hacker collective Anonymous. (YouTube)

Anonymous begins dumping alleged KKK contact info

Hacktivist group Anonymous has begun releasing contact information purported to belong to members of the Ku Klux Klan after promising to reveal the identity of 1,000 Klansmen later this week. Published November 2, 2015