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.

County & Local

House members to try again on state and local cyber grants

by Benjamin Freed • 14 hours ago

The leaders of a House cybersecurity subcommittee said a new version of a grant program for state and local governments will be introduced "in the coming days."


Cyberattack knocks Alaska courts offline

by Benjamin Freed • 19 hours ago

The state court system deactivated nearly all its external IT systems while it attempts to "remove malware from it servers," though cases are still proceeding.


How the pandemic changed state IT, according to chief technology officers

by Benjamin Freed • 2 days ago

Survey data from the National Association of State Technology Directors shows that very few believe their operations will go unaffected by the health crisis.


Illinois attorney general acknowledges ransomware attack

by Benjamin Freed • 3 days ago

The attack, which involved the DoppelPaymer malware, came a few months after an audit of the office revealed weak cybersecurity practices.


Cyber should play a bigger role in state IT acquisition, NASCIO says

by Benjamin Freed • 6 days ago

Cybersecurity should be a leading consideration in government's technology purchases, particularly in light of the SolarWinds breach, according to a new report from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.


D.C. police chief confirms personnel files stolen in ransomware attack

by Benjamin Freed • 6 days ago

The group responsible, Babuk, said it's shutting down, though many ransomware actors simply regroup under different names.