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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

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

In this July 6, 2015, file photo, a Chicago police officer rests his hand on his forehead at the scene where a man was shot in the face in Chicago. Homicides and shooting incidents in Chicago are up roughly 20 percent from the same period last year.  (Anthony Souffle/Chicago Tribune via AP, File)

Lorenzo Davis says he was fired for finding cops at fault

A former Chicago Police Department investigator who had been tasked with reviewing officer-involved shootings says he was fired from the force for refusing to justify incidents in which he claims civilians were wrongly shot and sometimes killed. Published July 21, 2015

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

Ashley Madison, infidelity dating site, hacked

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

Sesame Street character Oscar the Grouch.

Bigbelly trash can company aims to bring free Wi-Fi to NYC

The company behind a high-tech type of garbage can that's already being used to collect trash data throughout Manhattan is asking the mayor's office for help in getting those bins to begin broadcasting free wireless Internet across New York City. Published July 17, 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