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 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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In a new study published Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that over half of adult female homicide victims were killed by a...
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7.24.2017
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A recent report by the American Association for the Advancement of Science examines some of the shortcomings of current forensic fire investigation practices,...
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7.21.2017
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Ovidiy Stealer is an info-stealing tool that takes credentials from browsers and applications and hands them over to its user on an organized interface where...
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7.20.2017
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Indiana police have released a witness-aided composite sketch of the man officials say is the main suspect in their search for the murderer of two Indiana...
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7.18.2017
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Recent reports that the smart home device and voice recognition assistant Alexa called 911 during a domestic abuse incident, whether accurate or not, have...
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7.14.2017
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Arts-and-crafts retailer Hobby Lobby agreed to pay a $3 million fine and forfeit thousands of artifacts to the U.S. government, after packages containing the...
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7.7.2017
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A prison escapee arrested Sunday in Springdale, Arkansas was on the run for 32 years until a tip from someone who met him along the way identified him. Steven...
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6.29.2017
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Through a new partnership announced yesterday between the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Parabon NanoLabs, the NCMEC hopes to enhance...
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6.28.2017
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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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