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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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The hacker collective Anonymous. (YouTube)

Matthew Keys verdict yields new calls for computer law reform, retaliation

In light of a federal jury's decision this week to convict journalist Matthew Keys of three counts related to a cyber incident suffered by the Los Angeles Times in 2010, critics of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act are once again urging lawmakers to re-examine the country's anti-hacking statute. Published October 8, 2015

Robert Downey Jr. stars as billionaire industrialist Tony Stark in the "Iron Man" Marvel movie franchise. (Associated Press)

Pentagon prepares to deploy 'Iron Man' armored suits for troops in 2018

The Pentagon is poised to put a real-life "Iron Man" on the battlefield in under two years' time, and military officials say the state-of-the-art, sensor-embedded suit of armor will give ground troops a significant advantage unmatched this side of the Marvel universe. Published October 8, 2015

A tour group walks through the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., in this Aug. 30, 2012, file photo. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Harvard debate team loses to inmates from maximum-security prison

Harvard University's award-winning debate team is among the best in the world, but undergrads at the Ivy League school fell short of securing a victory recently against a rather unusual adversary: a panel of inmates from a maximum-security prison in upstate New York. Published October 7, 2015

Max Schrems, left, and his lawyer Herwig Hofmann, right, walk in the hallway at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Europe's highest court has ruled in favor of an Austrian law student who claims a trans-Atlantic data protection agreement doesn't adequately protect consumers. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

EU voids data-sharing deal for U.S. firms

Europe's top court ruled Tuesday that data stored on U.S. servers isn't adequately protected because of government spying, a giant blow to companies such as Facebook and Google that had relied on a 15-year-old data-sharing agreement with the European Union and now may be forced to change the way they handle private data and user records. Published October 6, 2015

This Thursday, Jan. 9, 2013, photo, shows a 2013 1040-ES IRS Estimated Tax form at H&R Block tax preparation office in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) ** FILE **

Billions in income leaving D.C. region for low-tax states

Billions of dollars worth of income once destined for tax collectors in Virginia, Maryland and the greater District of Columbia has instead bankrolled official government business elsewhere as new statistics highlight migration patterns among money-makers out of the mid-Atlantic. Published October 6, 2015

A man uses a cellphone as he passes a T-Mobile store in New York in this Sept. 12, 2012, file photo. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

T-Mobile customers affected by huge Experian hack

Hackers have made off with personally identifiable information of roughly 15 million T-Mobile customers, and the CEO of the telecom said he's "incredibly angry" at a third-party company he blames for the data breach. Published October 2, 2015

This portion of an email from Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email account when she was secretary of state and released by the State Department on Sept. 30, 2015, shows an email Clinton received early in the morning on Aug. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Hillary Clinton's personal email account targeted by foreign hackers

Security experts believe eastern European cybercriminals may have been behind an attempt to hack Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2011 while she was secretary of state, but representatives for the presidential hopeful say no evidence exists to suggest the attacks were successful. Published October 2, 2015