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.

Cybersecurity

Hackers attempting to steal university credentials by invoking omicron variant

by Benjamin Freed • 2 months ago

Malicious actors have sent phishing emails referencing the new strain of COVID-19 to "dozens" of universities, according to security firm Proofpoint.

Cybersecurity

Scholarship application vendor exposed millions of files, researchers find

by Benjamin Freed • 2 months ago

The risk management firm UpGuard found that SmarterSelect, which manages applications for scholarships and other financial assistance programs, left 1.5 terabytes of data unsecured.

Cybersecurity

TikTok pulls out of U.S. Cyber Games after GOP objections

by Benjamin Freed • 3 months ago

The video-sharing platform dropped its sponsorship of the event under criticism from Sens. Bill Cassidy and Tom Cotton, who took aim at its Chinese parent company.

Cybersecurity

UMass hires digital forensics firm to investigate racist emails

by Benjamin Freed • 4 months ago

Officials are trying to determine the source of a string of virulently racist messages that were sent to members of Black-led student organizations.

Cybersecurity

Georgia Tech names new campuswide CISO

by Benjamin Freed • 4 months ago

The Atlanta university has hired Leo Howell, currently the chief information security officer at the University of Oregon.

Cybersecurity

TikTok wants to promote cybersecurity education

by Benjamin Freed • 5 months ago

The social-media company is supporting an effort by the National Cyber Security Alliance to encourage college students to cybersecurity careers.

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