Benjamin Freed

Benjamin Freed

Technology Editor

Benjamin Freed is the Technology Editor for StateScoop, covering cybersecurity issues affecting state and local governments across the country. He has written extensively about ransomware, election security, and the federal government's role in assisting states and localities with information security. Previously, he wrote about politics and culture for Washingtonian magazine, and before that was the editor-in-chief of DCist. He has also written for Slate, Washington City Paper and the New Republic.

State

California Gov. Newsom fills three key technology positions

by Benjamin Freed • 14 hours ago

Former Google Ventures partner Rick Klau was named the state's new innovation officer. Newsom also named a new CTO and deputy CIO.

City

Someone is selling VPN access to a city government in Arizona

by Benjamin Freed • 16 hours ago

A cybercriminal middleman wants $30,000 for credentials allowing access to a wide range of systems in an unnamed Arizona city, the intelligence firm GroupSense said.

State

Mobile phishing against government surged with pandemic telework

by Benjamin Freed • 1 day ago

One out of 13 state and local government workers experienced a mobile phishing attempt in 2020, according to new research from security firm Lookout.

City

How DHS plans to improve state and local cybersecurity this week

by Benjamin Freed • 3 days ago

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is expected to announce several changes, including a hike in the minimum amount that state and local government grant recipients must spend on cybersecurity.

State

Software glitch keeps Arizona inmates eligible for release behind bars

by Benjamin Freed • 3 days ago

A whistleblower report found that an inmate management system wasn't adjusted for a new early-release formula, keeping hundreds locked up for too long.

State

Despite 2020 successes, election officials' disinformation fight continues

by Benjamin Freed • 7 days ago

Last year's election may have been the "best administered," but officials are still seeking to stem the flood of disinformation that caused so much unrest.

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