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Benjamin Freed

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Texas ransomware incident could be 'new type' of cyberattack

by Benjamin Freed • 10 hours ago

"This is the first time we have seen a simultaneous attack like this," a cybersecurity researcher told StateScoop of the attack that hit 23 local government organizations across Texas at once.

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Widespread ransomware attack reported across Texas

by Benjamin Freed • 4 days ago

A "coordinated" attack has affected at least 23 local government organizations around Texas, the state's Department of Information Resources says.

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Georgia Gov. Kemp orders cybersecurity training for state employees

by Benjamin Freed • 5 days ago

Recent ransomware attacks and nudging from national associations have prompted the governor to mandate all state employees undergo twice-yearly training.

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Federal judge bans paperless voting machines in Georgia after 2019

by Benjamin Freed • 5 days ago

Georgia must completely phase out its current inventory of paperless voting machines before the state's 2020 presidential primary.

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'Geo-Enabled Elections' event to bridge mapping, election disciplines

by Benjamin Freed • 1 week ago

Geospatial officers and elections administrators will meet in Washington to exchange ideas on making the democratic process more geographically precise.

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Hundreds of Wisconsin elections offices use expired operating systems, official says

by Benjamin Freed • 1 week ago

The state's election security lead said 527 local clerks access the statewide voter database on devices with operating systems near or past their expiration dates.

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