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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

Articles by Andrew Blake

**FILE** Bitcoin tokens are pictured in Sandy, Utah, on April 3, 2013. (Associated Press)

Silk Road heroin dealer sentenced to 2.5 years in prison

A New Jersey man who made upwards of $70,000 a month by selling heroin over the Internet and later testified against the administrator of the online drug den has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison. Published July 22, 2015

A police officer ties police tape to a handrail. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

L.A. police discover 1,200 guns in dead man's home

Authorities evacuated an affluent oceanside neighborhood in Southern California over the weekend after finding more than 1,200 guns and two tons of ammunition inside an area home while investigating a man's death. Published July 21, 2015

The Ashley Madison cheating website is shown on a computer screen in Seoul on June 10, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Infidelity dating site Ashley Madison hacked; CEO suspects inside job

Never mind sophisticated hackers and nation-state cybercriminals: Suspicions concerning this week's hack of a dating service that encourages infidelity suggests all it may take to destroy a corporation (and the lives of potentially millions of customers) is a disgruntled IT guy. Published July 20, 2015

This composite product image provided by Apple shows varieties of the new iPod Touch, available for sale on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Apple is refreshing its iPod Touch music player for the first time in nearly three years, as the company seeks to make music a central part of its devices once again. (Apple via AP)

Apple touts new iPod Touch as much more than music player

The iPod is getting its first upgrade in three years, Apple announced this week, as the company looks again to the same mobile music industry that made the original handheld devices a hot commodity nearly 15 years ago. Published July 16, 2015

In this July 8, 2015, photo, FBI Director James Comey testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Comey says Dylann Roof, the gunman in the Charleston church massacre should not have been allowed to purchase the gun used in the attack, and on July 10 attributed the problem to incomplete and inaccurate paperwork related to an arrest of Roof weeks before the shooting.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Justice Dept., encryption experts square off over FBI's digital eavesdropping efforts

On the heels of a congressional hearing in which the head of the FBI raised concerns over law enforcement's growing inability to decode the communications of tech-savvy terrorists and criminals, encryption experts say the government is already giving the people tasked with securing the infrastructure of the internet a run for their money. Published July 16, 2015

British author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers at the Southbank Centre in London in this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, file photo. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

J.K. Rowling defends Serena Williams, rips Twitter troll

J.K. Rowling, author of the "Harry Potter" books, could have used the "Diminuendo" spell to cut an Internet troll down to size recently, but she instead took to Twitter to defend tennis champ Serena Williams in a tweet that has gone viral. Published July 13, 2015

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom speaks during the Intelligence and Security select committee hearing at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, July 3, 2013. (Associated Press)

Megaupload forfeiture ruling fallout: Legal experts worry about DOJ's reach

Following the Justice Department's decision to seize tens of millions of dollars in money and assets from the foreign CEO of a now-defunct website deemed criminal by the U.S., American legal experts now say other businesses abroad should by weary of the reach of the DoJ. Published July 11, 2015