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.


Class canceled in Baltimore County, Md., in latest school ransomware attack

by Benjamin Freed • 11 hours ago

"Looks like we’re getting our first cyber snow day," wrote a high-school football coach in the 114,000-student school district.


Atlanta CIO Gary Brantley to step down

by Benjamin Freed • 13 hours ago

Brantley was hired in September 2018 as the city was still climbing back from one of the worst ransomware attacks to hit a local government.


Biden promises mayors 'open door' on pandemic recovery

by Benjamin Freed • 2 days ago

The president-elect said cities "have been on the front lines from the very beginning" and promised a stronger relationship with the White House.

County & Local

MS-ISAC hits 10,000 members, eyes continued growth with local governments

by Benjamin Freed • 5 days ago

The cybersecurity association for state and local governments has swelled as the Center for Internet Security, the nonprofit that runs it, marks 20 years.

County & Local

Local governments forced offline after ransomware targets web host

by Benjamin Freed • 6 days ago

A REvil attack on web-hosting provider resulted in a handful of state and local governments' websites going dark.


Secretaries of state react to CISA Director Krebs' firing

by Benjamin Freed • 1 week ago

Democratic secretaries of state were quick to praise Chris Krebs after President Donald Trump fired the CISA director, but most of their GOP counterparts have been silent.