Missouri Governor Wants to Prosecute Journalist for Warning That State Left Teachers’ Data Exposed

Missouri Governor Accuses Journalist of Hacking

Granted, state and local government employees are not known for their advanced technological prowess. But, unless there’s a whole lot we’re missing about this episode, Parson seems to have really stepped in it. Even if the governor isn’t super well-versed in computer science, state governments also have IT departments with staff that should be able to explain to leaders how websites work and why a person like Renaud would probably be considered a helpful good samaritan—not a “hacker.”


We reached out to both the Missouri Information Technology Services Division and the Governor’s Office to inquire about the incident and will update this story if they respond.

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