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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

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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

United States Military Academy cadets watch data on computers at the Cyber Research Center at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The West Point cadets are fending off cyber attacks this week as part of an exercise involving all the service academies. The annual Cyber Defense Exercise requires teams from the five service academies to create computer networks that can withstand attacks from the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

IT worker gets 10 years for hacking military email

A Florida man contracted to perform IT work for the Pentagon has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to crimes connected to the hacking of a military email account and theft of sensitive files. Published August 3, 2015

With Donald Trump's presence, candidates will have to go where no previous GOP hopefuls have gone — not because they want to, not because they no longer fear to, but because The Donald has introduced extreme politics to the quadrennial ritual of finding an acceptable party nominee. (Associated Press) defaced by Jon Stewart-loving hacktivists

New poll numbers continue to show Donald Trump as the favorite among Republican voters ahead of next year's presidential election, but the billionaire business tycoon is attracting attention now not just from conservatives, but computer hackers too. Published August 3, 2015

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Anti-virus maker BitDefender admits hacker stole user data

BitDefender, a Romanian software company that supplies Internet security products to hundreds of millions of clients both in the workplace and at home, admits hackers have made off with the usernames and passwords of an undisclosed number of customers. Published July 31, 2015

President Barack Obama offers a toast to President Xi Jinping of China during a State Banquet at the Great Hall of People in Beijing, China, Nov. 12, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

China stole data from 600 American cyber targets, says NSA

The Chinese government has successfully stolen data from the computer systems of more than 600 American targets during the course of the Obama administration, including private sector and military entities. Published July 31, 2015

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Tuesday, April 1, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Senate panel wants DHS to control .gov domains

A Senate committee is quickly moving forward on a proposal that gives the U.S. Department of Homeland Security more authority in protecting government websites. Published July 30, 2015

In this Thursday, March 12, 2015, photo, a fourth-grader uses Google docs to complete an exercise at Mira Vista School in Richmond, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) ** FILE **

Anti-spy browser tool combats monitoring of behavioral biometrics

You can learn a lot about a person by the websites they visit, but what can be inferred by the speed of their keystrokes? Two privacy-minded security experts have released a tool that they say obscures the digital footprints left not by metadata, but behavioral biometrics. Published July 30, 2015

Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn (Associated Press) **FILE**

CISA, or Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, likely delayed until fall

Consideration of a controversial cybersecurity bill that encourages private companies to share data with the federal government is now expected to be delayed until the fall, with opponents attributing the holdup to their grassroots efforts aimed at derailing the act. Published July 29, 2015