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.


Alleged anti-vote-by-mail robocall scammers charged again in Ohio

by Benjamin Freed • 3 hours ago

Right-wing scammers Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl were previously charged in Michigan for allegedly placing a robocall discouraging minority voters from casting mail-in ballots.


New Hampshire's Goulet to stay on as NASCIO president

by Benjamin Freed • 8 hours ago

The group extended the terms of its member leadership through 2021, and added two new members to its executive committee.

County & Local

One week out, election IT officials project calm, with caution

by Benjamin Freed • 12 hours ago

With just seven days until Election Day, the tech officials in state election offices are making their final preparations for a historic day.


Ransomware is becoming an inevitability, officials say

by Benjamin Freed • 4 days ago

Speakers during a CyberTalks panel said that governments being targeted with extortion malware is only a matter of time.

County & Local

Election-related system impacted by ransomware in Georgia county

by Benjamin Freed • 4 days ago

A recent attack on Hall County, Georgia, disabled a database used to match signatures on absentee ballots, but officials say voting has not been interrupted.


North Carolina AG calls Trump leading source of election misinformation

by Benjamin Freed • 5 days ago

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein called the president's recent suggestion that his supporters vote twice a key example of misleading voters.