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.

The fingerprints and smudges you leave on your phone screen while tapping and swiping away may contain an unseen chemical “password” that could one day be used...
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11.16.2017
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A facial recognition system that recognizes racial differences will yield more accurate results than a “one-size-fits-all” model, researchers from the...
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11.15.2017
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A new system currently in development by a team of researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology seeks to help with forensic investigations of cyber...
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11.10.2017
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Over half a century after Jack Ruby killed JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald on live TV, a manuscript written by Ruby while in prison and awaiting the death...
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11.8.2017
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Technical legalese and casual slang collided in a Louisiana Supreme Court case last month, when the court ruled that a defendant who asked police “why don’t...
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11.6.2017
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Estimating the postmortem interval (PMI) of skeletonized remains is difficult without soft tissues to examine, and few quantitative methods exist to make a...
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11.3.2017
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The potential for targeted marketing practices to be used for nefarious purposes has kept privacy controversies alive, and a team of researchers from the...
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10.27.2017
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Identifying a body when only bones are left behind can be difficult—and even more difficult is identifying skeletal remains that have been damaged and...
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10.25.2017
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Researcher and associate professor of electrical engineering Changzhi Li of Texas Tech University envisions a form of passive and “continuous authentication”...
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10.19.2017
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A reward of $30,000 is being offered to identify the killer of a dog who was found stabbed over 50 times, beaten and stuffed in a suitcase in Hollywood,...
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10.18.2017
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A forensic interview with a 2-year-old girl, believed to be the youngest person to ever give evidence for a U.K. criminal court, helped prosecutors send a...
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10.12.2017
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Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel have demonstrated that security cameras with no connection to the internet can be manipulated to...
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10.5.2017
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Human rights groups say at least five men in Egypt have been subjected to forced anal exams by the country’s Forensic Medical Authority, following the arrests...
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10.3.2017
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A D.C. district court has ruled that the FBI does not have to the reveal further details about the tool it purchased from a third party vendor to unlock the...
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10.2.2017
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The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon is asking the public for help identifying a woman who was found dead in the Willamette River near Swan Island....
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9.29.2017
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When the origin of a document is a mystery or in dispute, there are several ways that forensic document investigators can use information from Microsoft Word...
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9.28.2017
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As technology becomes more advanced, child pornographers are using smaller, more discreet devices to hide their crimes. That’s why the Internet Crimes Against...
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9.27.2017
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The U.S. Department of Education has reversed Obama-era Title IX guidelines on sexual misconduct investigations, announcing that schools may use a higher...
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9.25.2017
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The price tag on the newly-announced iPhone X may have been the most mentioned aspect of the upcoming $1,000 device throughout the last week of social media...
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9.21.2017
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A missing child was recovered and a fugitive was captured one day after “The Hunt with John Walsh,” a television show on HLN, aired an episode about the...
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9.20.2017
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The Madison County Sheriff’s Office and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have released the first facial reconstruction of a young girl found...
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9.15.2017
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Safety measures such as the use of USB “condoms” that block data lines but leave power lines open can protect users from some conventional attacks, such as...
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9.15.2017
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Two new features of the upcoming iOS 11 system update for Apple devices will make it more difficult for law enforcement to unlock seized devices and extract...
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9.13.2017
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The 60-year-old suspect in the cold case killings of two young sisters who went missing from a Maryland mall over four decades ago has pleaded guilty and was...
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9.12.2017
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The challenge of tackling a rape kit backlog and the advantage of a new facility equipped with advanced technology have come together at the Unified State...
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9.12.2017
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The man charged in the death of a Temple University student who went missing last week allegedly used the ride-sharing service Lyft to transport the victim’s...
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9.7.2017
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An increase in computerized, “smart” power grids, while offering multiple benefits to the efficiency of energy transmission, have opened these vital structures...
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9.5.2017
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A new law signed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday requires elected county coroners across the state to complete medical-legal investigation courses...
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8.31.2017
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A Michigan man who shot and killed a male acquaintance who revealed romantic interest in him on a reality TV show has been released on parole, 22 years after...
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8.25.2017
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Researchers Jonathan Lusthaus and Federico Varese, of the Human Cybercriminal Project at the University of Oxford, traveled to Romania in 2014 and 2015 to...
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8.18.2017
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The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a search warrant for internet records possessed by web hosting service DreamHost regarding a 2017 Inauguration Day...
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8.16.2017
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Back-to-back Las Vegas cybersecurity/hacker conferences Black Hat and Def Con have packed the last few weeks with buzzworthy cyber news. With dozens of talks,...
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8.11.2017
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A multidisciplinary, victim-centered approach and standardized, efficient evidence processing in sexual assault cases are the focus of a new report by the...
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8.9.2017
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EEG headsets aren’t just for medical use anymore—in recent years, brain wave sensing technology and wearables have been marketed to consumers for personal and...
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8.3.2017
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Forensic entomology—the study of insects and other arthropods in relation to legal investigations, especially in relation to the decomposition of cadavers—is...
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8.1.2017
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Dentures left behind at the scene of a rape, imprinted with the rapist’s name and containing traces of his DNA, have led to the conviction of a 67-year-old man...
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7.31.2017
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Machine learning expert Hyrum Anderson, technical director for data science at Endgame, explains in new research presented today at Black Hat USA 2017 that...
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7.27.2017
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Authorities from Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services are urging heroin users and other opioid addicts, and their loved ones, to seek immediate...
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7.26.2017
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Authorities from the U.S. and Europe announced Thursday that they had taken down illegal dark web marketplaces AlphaBay and Hansa, but not before using the...
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7.25.2017
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