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.

Early this week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of convicted sex offender Lester Packingham, who argued that the state of North Carolina’s ban of...
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6.23.2017
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Twelve U.S. cities struggling with high violent crime rates will be the first to join the National Public Safety Partnership, a Department of Justice...
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6.21.2017
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For those selling counterfeit versions of luxury brand name goods, their dream counterfeit domain name is just a few clicks away. A recent research report...
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6.16.2017
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The current post-conviction counsel of convicted murderer Steven Avery, the subject of the popular Netflix documentary series “Making of a Murderer,” filed a...
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6.14.2017
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The Shadow Brokers announced late last month that they would be offering a paid monthly “dump,” which is expected to include some of the stolen hacking tools...
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6.8.2017
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The intentional harming and killing of animals is often tied to violence against humans, and knowledge of this connection can be used to improve anti-cruelty...
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6.7.2017
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Trial begins today for a woman charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide through text messages. Prosecutors say...
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6.6.2017
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Collaboration has led to progress in the New York City Police Department’s partnership with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals over...
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6.2.2017
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An Uber driver was hacked and stabbed to death by a 16-year-old passenger wielding a knife and machete Tuesday, authorities say. The 34-year-old victim picked...
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6.1.2017
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New security concerns and security risks have stemmed from the newest wave of internet-connected toys, including the Hello Barbie, which records two-way...
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5.26.2017
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Violent pornography prosecutors say a defendant imitated during attacks on two women will be allowed as evidence in a Kansas rape trial, a Jackson County judge...
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5.24.2017
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Hundreds of thousands of computers in approximately 150 countries were held hostage last weekend after the so-called WannaCry ransomware exploited a Microsoft...
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5.19.2017
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A self-replicating phishing scam executed earlier this month used Google's third-party app system against it by creating a phony application that spoofed...
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5.12.2017
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A vigilante hacker has created a botnet called BrickerBot, which infects devices and destroys, or “bricks,” them, rendering them completely useless. The hacker...
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5.4.2017
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The creator and head administrator of a dark web child pornography site known as “Playpen” has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, after being found guilty...
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5.2.2017
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A new bill passed Friday by the Florida legislature aims to improve the accuracy of eyewitness identifications in the state by tightening lineup procedures,...
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5.1.2017
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The Texas House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday that would force all law enforcement in the state to cooperate with federal immigration agents,...
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4.28.2017
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In 2015, a group of inmates at an Ohio prison executed an unbelievable plot—they managed to build two computers, connect to the prison network system, access...
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4.27.2017
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As the physical world is becoming increasingly connected to the virtual world, the lines between cybersecurity and “real” security are becoming blurred. Recent...
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4.20.2017
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The Maryland governor signed a bill yesterday that will no longer require survivors of sexual assault to prove that they fought back against their assailant in...
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4.19.2017
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Banks occupy a unique position when it comes to intercepting crimes, such as drug and human trafficking. In the past few years, artificial intelligence has...
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4.13.2017
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Sixty-five case report errors by a Houston Police Department officer, including in 26 homicide cases and five officer-involved shootings, were reported to the...
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4.12.2017
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An anonymous group claims to have access to as many as 750 million Apple accounts, and are threatening to remotely wipe Apple devices unless they receive a $...
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4.6.2017
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The new report, using the largest known available data set on human trafficking in the United States, breaks modern slavery in the U.S. down into 25 different...
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4.3.2017
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A former middle school teacher has been sentenced to 11½ years in prison and 10 years of supervised release for possessing child pornography and attempting to...
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3.30.2017
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The Innocence Network held its 2017 annual conference this weekend in San Diego, California, with over 40 sessions and workshops held between March 24-25 and a...
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3.28.2017
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In the debut of our new cybercrime column, we will be looking at the Michaud case—an interesting example of a part of the web many have never heard of, and how...
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3.27.2017
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Philadelphia’s top prosecutor is facing bribery, extortion and wire fraud charges stemming from alleged bribes he accepted from two business owners and fraud...
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3.22.2017
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A Texas bill heard by lawmakers this week would establish a program to crowdfund the testing of thousands of backlogged rape kits in the state. With a lack of...
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3.17.2017
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In cases of animal cruelty, such as abuse, neglect or animal fighting, the ASPCA cooperates with police and prosecutors by conducting forensic examinations of...
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3.15.2017
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A bipartisan group of senators have reintroduced a proposed bill to create a National Criminal Justice Commission to perform a comprehensive review of the U.S...
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3.10.2017
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How dangerous is a bug like Cloudbleed? What should users do to secure their data? The answers to these questions lie in understanding the nature of security...
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3.9.2017
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Facebook is in the process of implementing new suicide prevention tools, including streamlined reporting on its Facebook Live application, in the wake of two...
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3.2.2017
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"Code of a Killer," a British miniseries that premiered on streaming service Acorn TV for North American viewing on Feb. 27, chronicles the history...
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3.1.2017
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Two Georgians who made armed, racial threats at a black child’s birthday party have been sentenced to prison on felony charges including making terroristic...
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2.28.2017
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Officials have released a detailed physical description, based on DNA and witness statements, of a person of interest in the murder case of Vanessa Marcotte,...
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2.24.2017
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Federal drug trafficking offenders have a recidivism rate of 50 percent, according to a new report published by the United States Sentencing Commission. The...
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2.23.2017
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A white supremacist who said he planned to execute a Dylann Roof-inspired attack was arrested Wednesday night after illegally purchasing a firearm from an...
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2.17.2017
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Fingerprint analysis, which has been used in criminal investigations for over a century, may not be as infallible as believed by law enforcement, court...
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2.15.2017
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