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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 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

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