About John Carney

John J. Carney

John J. Carney

Owner – Chief Technology Officer

I founded Carney Forensics over twelve years ago and today am Chief Technology Officer and lead digital forensic examiner.


I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture and media arts and sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  Mid-career I earned a Juris Doctor degree in law and dispute resolution from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.


I am licensed in federal and state courts in Minnesota as an attorney at law and remain so today. I am a voting member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS).

Volunteer Service

I am a faculty adviser for the Century College Cybersecurity, Virtualization and Forensics program in White Bear Lake, MN where I sit on the advisory board, guest teach, and supervise digital forensic student interns. I am Treasurer of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s District #19. And I am proud to provide pro bono digital forensic services to the Great North Innocence Project to assist their staff and volunteer attorneys with exonerations of wrongful convictions in Minnesota, North and South Dakota.


I am certified in mobile device and computer forensics and hold certifications from Cellebrite and AccessData.

Cellebrite Certified Logical Operator
Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst
AccessData Certified Examiner


I have presented nationally on mobile device forensics at the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Conference (DC3), the American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual conference, the Paraben Forensics Innovation Conference, and the Techno Security and Digital Forensics Conference.

WCCO CBS Minnesota’s “Good Question” Series

I have appeared on WCCO CBS Minnesota’s “Good Question” series many times to answer questions on digital forensics and cybersecurity.  See some of their stories at the links below:

Good Question: How Easy Is It to ‘Hack” A Cell Phone?

Good Question: What Is The Cloud?

Good Question: Are There Better Ways To Keep Passwords Safe?

Good Question: Why Are So Many Hackers From Russia?

I have presented scores of CLE seminars on digital forensics and mobile cybersecurity in Minnesota for the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Hennepin County Bar Association, the Ramsey County Bar Association, Minnesota CLE, the Minnesota County Attorneys Association, the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Minnesota Society of Criminal Justice, the Office of the Public Defender, the Innocence Project of Minnesota, the Minnesota Paralegal Association, and many law firms in Minnesota.