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 and local governments plead again as federal pandemic relief stalls

by Benjamin Freed • 18 hours ago

"Tough decisions are going to be made" if Congress doesn't provide a big rescue package, one county leader said.

County & Local

Voter registration 'a huge target' for ransomware

by Benjamin Freed • 2 days ago

The legacy database systems and remote access protocols many election administrators use are frequent entry points for attacks, Recorded Future's Allan Liska said.


Virginia launches first statewide contact tracing app using Apple-Google platform

by Benjamin Freed • 3 days ago

The Covidwise app, which runs on the tech giants' Bluetooth-based API, is being made available to all Virginia residents, Gov. Ralph Northam said.


Disinformation is biggest threat to election security, experts tell Congress

by Benjamin Freed • 4 days ago

But election officials have "vastly improved" their cyberdefenses with IT investments since 2016, the head of the Center for Information Security said.


Alabama launches contact tracing app based on Google-Apple API

by Benjamin Freed • 5 days ago

The app will be targeted at students returning to the state's college campuses. Meanwhile Google says as many as 20 states are developing apps based on the API.


Annual election security tabletop drill put officials through 'Armageddon-like' test

by Benjamin Freed • 1 week ago

About 2,100 federal, state, local and private-sector officials joined the three-day exercise, which simulated attacks against election-related IT and civil unrest related to the pandemic.