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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

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

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‘Privacy Visor’ goggles trick facial recognition tech

Scientists in Japan say they're preparing to release a "Privacy Visor," an over-the-ear contraption that's worn like ordinary eyeglasses but modeled to make it difficult for facial recognition technology to identify whomever is underneath. Published August 12, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a statement on the Iran talks deal at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria Tuesday July 14, 2015.  After 18 days of intense and often fractious negotiation, world powers and Iran struck a landmark deal Tuesday to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions รณ an agreement designed to avert the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. military intervention in the Muslim world. (Carlos Barria, Pool Photo via AP)

John Kerry: ‘Very likely’ cyberspies read my email

Secretary of State John Kerry said "it is very likely" that his emails are being read by foreign cyberspies and that he purposely drafts correspondence under the assumption that his words are being watched. Published August 12, 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)

Google unveils new parent venture, to be called Alphabet

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

Google Chrome, Google Inc.'s new Web browser, is shown during a news conference at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008. ** FILE **

Rise of ad blockers costing Internet $22B in revenue: report

No one likes wading through a sea of advertisements while surfing the Web, but a report suggests an explosion in the use of ad-blocking software is on course to cost publishers $22 billion in revenue by the end of the year. 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.)

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