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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 June 6, 2013, file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus on in Fort Meade, Md. The Obama administration has decided that the National Security Agency will soon stop using millions of American calling records it collected under a controversial program leaked by former agency contractor Edward Snowden. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

NSA bulk-collected phone records to be purged in November

Historic phone records collected in bulk by the National Security Agency are poised to be purged from the NSA's database later this year, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said this week. Published July 28, 2015

This 2014 photo provided by The Satanic Temple shows a bronze Baphomet, which depicts Satan as a goat-headed figure surrounded by two children. (The Satanic Temple via AP) ** FILE **

Satanic Temple unveils statue in Detroit, says Arkansas State House is next

The Satanic Temple of Detroit has successfully unveiled a 9-foot-tall bronze sculpture of the hooved goat-headed figure Baphomet in the Motor City, notwithstanding efforts to quash a weekend event that organizers had billed as the "largest Satanic ceremony in history." Published July 27, 2015

FILE  - In this Sept. 26, 2014 file photo, smaller-dose pot-infused brownies are divided and packaged at The Growing Kitchen, in Boulder, Colo. A bill up for its first vote in the state legislature on Wednesday., March 25, 2015 would repeal a 2014 Colorado law requiring pot foods to have a distinct look when out of its packaging. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

CDC warns of dangers of marijuana edibles

Government health experts warn in a new report that the risks of consuming marijuana-infused edibles like weed brownies and other snacks mustn't be understated following the suicide last year of a man whose death has been blamed on pot. Published July 26, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles during a meeting on Internet startups in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on March 27, 2015. (Associated Press/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)  **FILE**

YouTube risks being blacklisted, Russia warns

YouTube has been warned by Russia that the video-sharing portal could soon end up on the Kremlin's growing list of banned websites due to a recent copyright infringement spat. Published July 24, 2015

Members of the hacking group Anonymous. (Associated Press)

Census Bureau database breached by hackers

Hackers have breached a computer network used by the U.S. Census Bureau and have made off with "non-confidential" information from a government database that has since been published online, the agency admits. Published July 24, 2015

These undated photos provided by the Baltimore Police Department, show Baltimore police officers, top row from left, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller and Edward M. Nero, and bottom row from left, William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice and Alicia D. White, charged with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray. A grand jury indicted the six officers, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Baltimore Police Department via AP, File)

Fundraiser for Baltimore cops canceled after blackface backlash

A fundraiser that had been scheduled for the six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray has been canceled after an outcry erupted over news that a former cop was slated to perform at the event in blackface. Published July 23, 2015

In this June 24, 2015, photo, Officer Jim Ritter places a “Safe Place” sticker on the window of a business in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Last September, after more than three decades on the force, Ritter, 54, was appointed as SPD's first full-time liaison to the city's LGBTQ community. (Ellen M. Banner(/The Seattle Times via AP)

10 transgender women killed so far in 2015

The slaying of 25-year-old India Clarke in Tampa, Florida, this week has elevated the number of reported transgender women killed in 2015 to the double digits. She was found beaten to death on Tuesday morning. Published July 23, 2015

In this Nov. 19, 2013, file photo, the shadow of a pedestrian is cast under a sign in front of JPMorgan Chase & Co. headquarters in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Arrests in U.S., Israel reportedly tied to JPMorgan hack

Authorities in Florida and Israel have arrested four men over financial crimes that are reportedly linked to last year's of hack JPMorgan Chase and the subsequent comprising of ten of millions of bank accounts. Published July 22, 2015

**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