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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 Sept. 19, 2014, file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook, right, takes a photo with an Apple employee during the launch and sale of the new iPhone 6 at an Apple store in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

Apple embraces facial recognition technology with photo-sharing patent

Apple has filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in which the Cupertino-based computer giant outlines a plan for using advanced facial recognition algorithms to let smartphone customers share photographs more easily with one another. Published August 13, 2015

This March 27, 2008, file photo, shows the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Pentagon network back online after cyberattack

The Pentagon says that a Joint Chiefs of Staff computer network taken offline last week after it was discovered to have been infiltrated by hackers is once again up and running. Published August 11, 2015

Google co-founder Larry Page on Monday said that the tech empire will now operate under the umbrella of a new venture called Alphabet, which he will run with longtime partner Sergey Brin. (Associated Press)

Alphabet to be parent of the Google empire

It's not an easy feat in the tech world to get any bigger than Google. But a new entity unveiled by the Silicon Valley giant's top executives has managed to accomplish the feat instantly this week with the creation of Alphabet, a holding company under which the globe's dominant search engine will operate as part of sweeping new structural corporate changes. Published August 10, 2015

This combination made from images provided by Apple Inc. shows new emoji, the cute graphics that punctuate online writing and texts, that will be available with the next iOS update. Working with the Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit organization that sets the standards for the pictograms, Apple Inc. is incorporating more diverse emoji into the developer version of the latest update to its mobile operating system. The iPhone and iPad maker has not said when the update will be available for all users. (AP Photo/Apple Inc.)

No laughing matter? Facebook says emojis used more often than LOL

Do animated cat GIFs make you LOL? Or are you more likely to evoke the emoji when entertained on the Web? A new report conducted by researchers with Facebook reveals that the laugh-out-loud acronym might soon go the way of Hamster Dance and Hotmail as Internet users embrace alternative ways of expressing emotions online. Published August 10, 2015

This Tuesday, April 7, 2015, photo shows the instrument panel of a Tesla Model S 70-D electric car during a test drive, in Detroit. Tesla is going after mainstream luxury car buyers by boosting the range, power and price of its low-end Model S. The $75,000 all-wheel-drive 70-D can go a government-certified 240 miles per charge, has 514 horsepower and can go from zero to 60 in 5.2 seconds. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Hackers detail car, gun exploits at Las Vegas convention

The surge of high-tech smart cars on the roads is a surefire sign the auto industry is embracing the so-called "Internet of things." But at a hacker conference in Las Vegas on Friday, researchers said poor security practices could pose some very serious problems down the road. Published August 7, 2015

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Medical devices too prone to hackers, researchers warn

At a conference in Las Vegas on Thursday, security researchers said that hundreds of common medical devices, ranging from X-ray machines to MRIs, have been vulnerable to attack by hackers. Published August 6, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection in Stanford, Calif., Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

White House endorses CISA cyber bill amid Senate stalemate

Democrats and Republicans are both applauding the White House for coming out in support of a cybersecurity bill that lawmakers in the Senate are trying to pass before breaking for recess later this week. Published August 5, 2015

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

Cops under fire for pot dispensary raid want surveillance footage tossed

Police officers in California are in hot water for their actions during a recent medical marijuana dispensary raid. An internal affairs probe could become problematic, however, if a lawsuit is successful in keeping surveillance footage from being used against the officers. Published August 5, 2015

In this Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, file photo photo, specialists work at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

CISA showdown: Senate leaders look toward last-minute cybervote

Leadership in the Senate from both sides of the aisle are gunning to get a controversial cybersecurity proposal up for a vote before the start of summer recess, but concerns from lawmakers and tech experts alike may delay attempts to pass the proposal until Congress convenes again in September. Published August 4, 2015