Laura French
Associate Editor

Laura French is the Associate Editor of Forensic Magazine

Laura manages the Forensic website, as well as the daily e-newsletter and all social media. She writes a weekly column titled, "Virtual Case Notes," in which she speaks to cybersecurity experts about the latest hack and other happenings in the digital forensic world. In addition to cybersecurity, Laura writes about forensics in social media, forensic in trials, and breaking news. 

Laura graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she studied journalism and criminology. At Ramapo, she was the web editor and a regular writer/reporter for the Ramapo News, as well as president of the College’s Feminists United club and vice president of the student Diversity Action Committee. She also served as an editorial intern and writer at the Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce, and wrote for the Chamber’s Economic Development and Relocation Guide. During college, Laura volunteered to help produce the OsteoPETrosis Society newsletter, a publication of information and inspiration for patients of the rare bone disease and their loved ones.

Email spoofing was one of the social engineering techniques used by a group of Russian hackers to gain access to Clinton Campaign computers beginning around...
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7.20.2018
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Digital forensics examiners can now make use of forensic images of over a dozen different drones uploaded to the National Institute of Standards and Technology...
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7.13.2018
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Adults who leave opioids — especially those obtained illegally — in reach of children can face charges ranging from drug charges to manslaughter. Now,...
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7.10.2018
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Police are frequently required to appear in court to testify about cases that they have been involved in. For officers who spend their daytime hours in court,...
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7.3.2018
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The Atlanta Police Department learned earlier this year how virtual forms of evidence can not only be stolen, but wiped from existence, when ransomware attacks...
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6.21.2018
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A grand jury has indicted the John Doe DNA profile of a serial rapist who was active in the D.C. area between 1998 and 2006, and mainly targeted hotel...
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6.19.2018
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Nearly 92.3 million emails and hashed passwords from the genealogy site MyHeritage were leaked and found by a security researcher on a private server, the...
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6.8.2018
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Just hours into her life, newborn Kamiyah Mobley was taken from a Florida hospital by Gloria Williams, who dressed in scrubs and posed as medical staff in...
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6.8.2018
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A consensus statement made open access today in Pediatric Radiology seeks to dispel what the authors call “misconceptions and misrepresentations” about abusive...
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6.1.2018
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As money has become less physical and more digital, with credit cards and cryptocurrency rapidly replacing cash and coins, bank heists too have evolved from...
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5.25.2018
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Newly reported vulnerabilities in two very widely used email encryption standards, S/MIME and OpenPGP, have some security experts warning users that their...
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5.18.2018
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Heather Mahalik is a digital and mobile forensics expert who has worked in the field for over 14 years. Last week, she spoke with Forensic Magazine about her...
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5.11.2018
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In the past I have delved into the world of underground online marketplaces that sell drugs, weapons and other people’s personal information. But the latest...
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5.4.2018
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A new data analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has revealed that synthetic opioids surpassed prescription opioids in...
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5.3.2018
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In an effort to deter crime, the city of Newark, N.J. will be installing 62 surveillance cameras that will stream live footage of neighborhoods to the Newark...
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4.27.2018
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Police could more easily target the most dangerous online predators with the help of new algorithms developed by researchers at Purdue Polytechnic Institute....
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4.26.2018
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By measuring levels of three metabolites—lactate, urea and glutamate—in the skin secretions of multiple individuals, a team of researchers at the University of...
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4.12.2018
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Perhaps one Google search from a multi-user computer could have come from anybody—but when the digital evidence unveils a swarm of other online activity,...
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4.6.2018
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The FBI and DOJ announced today that the FBI’s Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement Team (J-CODE) created by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in January has...
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4.3.2018
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This week, NIST released a draft document that serves as a guide for populating mobile devices used for federated testing, and will be seeking comments on the...
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3.29.2018
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The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist, by Washington Post reporter Radley Balko and Mississippi Innocence Project director Tucker Carrington, focuses on the...
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3.28.2018
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Christopher Harris was on his way to drop his 8-year-old daughter off at her mother’s house when he was shot dead on March 14, officials say. What allegedly...
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3.26.2018
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Phantom Secure is a company that claimed to offer encryption services to “businesses and executives,” but authorities say the firm was in reality a criminal...
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3.22.2018
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A suite of AI tools called Traffic Jam is being used by investigators to help find and rescue trafficking victims, and prosecute their traffickers. Among the...
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3.16.2018
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A terrorist attack, a months-long legal battle and about a million dollars later, two companies are now claiming to hold the key to surpassing an obstacle made...
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3.9.2018
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Over two dozen complaints of dog waste left around town-owned apartment complexes in Breckenridge, Colorado have prompted the local government to consider a...
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3.8.2018
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The proposed National Cybersecurity Safety Board (NCSB) would make investigations of cyber disasters comparable to those that have helped make air travel one...
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3.2.2018
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After his harassment campaign involving two fake Facebook accounts, “swatting” and underage “revenge porn” unraveled, a New Jersey teen pleaded guilty on...
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2.28.2018
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Researchers at Iowa State University’s Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) are building a database containing tens of thousands...
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2.23.2018
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The unsealing of the indictment of 36 cyberfraud defendants last week shone some light on the activities of those who buy and sell stolen information, in an...
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2.16.2018
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A study seeking to examine the costs and benefits of collaborative and separated eyewitnesses found that interviewing witnesses together saved time but...
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2.15.2018
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A little over a year ago, Alexis Manigo’s life changed when it was publicly revealed that she was the missing infant known as Baby Kamiyah, and that the woman...
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2.13.2018
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Anticipated cyber threats to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics range from financially-motivated data stealing to politically-motivated hacktivism, as all...
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2.8.2018
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Homograph attacks are phishing schemes in which the phisher takes advantage of the ability to register internationalized domain names (IDNs) using non-Latin...
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2.2.2018
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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that a new federal force, the Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, will significantly...
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1.31.2018
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Dark Caracal is a newly uncovered mobile espionage campaign that has already stolen hundreds of gigabytes of data from thousands of victims in over 20...
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1.26.2018
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Lancaster University researchers published a new report this week detailing risk factors related to online-facilitated child sex abuse (OFCSA). The rapid...
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1.25.2018
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Graying hair and deep wrinkles show the passage of time since the 1986 hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in Pakistan, which left at least 20 dead and dozens...
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1.18.2018
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Since it began in March, Virtual Case Notes has been covering the events, issues and research that reflect an evolving world of highly motivated hackers and...
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1.15.2018
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