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Mr. Simon Smith

Mr. Simon Smith

Organisation: Simon Smith
Position: Computer Forensics Expert Witness in cybercrime, cyberstalking, social media & software

Areas of expertise:

  • Qualified Cyber Forensic Independent Expert Witness that produces superior results
  • Certified Chief Information Security Officer
  • Software Engineering Expert & Instructor
  • Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator
  • Certified Access Management Specialist
  • Finding owner of Fake Accounts Expert
  • Cellebrite, Macquisition Extractions
  • Computer Software Dispute Expert
  • Project Management SDLC Expert
  • Online Forensic Investigations
  • Litigation Assistance Expert
  • Computer Programming Auditor
  • PSIO/AVO Technology Abuse
  • Online Document Examination
  • Cyber Security Investigator
  • Government Investigations
  • International Scam Expert
  • Social Media Intelligence
  • Breach of Confidentiality
  • Computer Forensics Expert
  • Insider Threat Detection
  • Certified Ethical Hacker
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Cyber-harassment expert
  • Australian Consumer Law
  • Insurance Loss Adjuster
  • ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
  • Cyber-terrorism expert
  • Insurance Investigator
  • Trademark infringement
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Surveillance detection
  • Confidentiality breach
  • Cyber-stalking expert
  • Cyber-bullying expert
  • Right to be Forgotten
  • Intellectual Property
  • Stolen Cryptocurrency
  • Android & iOS Expert
  • Cryptocurrency Scams
  • Crisis Loss Adjuster
  • Expert Witness Rules
  • Computer programming
  • Corporate Resilience
  • Cyber Data Breaches
  • Cyber Loss Adjuster
  • Reverse engineering
  • Patent Infringement
  • Conflict resolution
  • Online surveillance
  • Penetration Testing
  • White Collar Fraud
  • Social Engineering
  • White Collar Crime
  • IP Address Tracing
  • Insurance disputes
  • Internet Liability
  • Restraining Orders
  • Breach of Contract
  • Internal Espionage
  • Falsified Invoices
  • Police Corruption
  • Blockchain Expert
  • Digital Forensics
  • Online Defamation
  • Counter Terrorism
  • Document Analysis
  • Crisis Consultant
  • Criminal Code Act
  • Website Hijacking
  • Cross examination
  • Investment Scams
  • Digital Currency
  • Money Laundering
  • Recording Device
  • Tracking devices
  • Marital Disputes
  • Employee threats
  • Insurance claims
  • Cyberterrorists
  • Cyber Insurance
  • Virus detection
  • Takedown Notice
  • Internet Trolls
  • High-tech crime
  • Security Breach
  • Risk Assessment
  • Child Abduction
  • Cyber Security
  • Cybercriminals
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Cyber Stalking
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Voice Analysis
  • Cybersquatting
  • Report writing
  • Mobile Devices
  • Ethical Hacker
  • Fake Accounts
  • Cyberscammers
  • Cyberstalkers
  • Cyberbullying
  • Email Tracing
  • Cybersecurity
  • Gang Stalking
  • Hidden assets
  • Trade Secrets
  • Data Recovery
  • Security Risk
  • Online Fraud
  • Online Scams
  • Social Media
  • Cyber-attack
  • Conciliation
  • Cyber Attack
  • Black Market
  • Internet Law
  • Cyber Expert
  • Machine Code
  • RFID Expert
  • Cyber Crime
  • Google Blog
  • Court order
  • Arbitration
  • Bad Reviews
  • Source code
  • Objective C
  • KYC Expert
  • Catfishing
  • Lost funds
  • Blockchain
  • Craigslist
  • Cyber loss
  • Crimes Act
  • Bankruptcy
  • Family law
  • EDiscovery
  • Harassment
  • Corruption
  • Data Loss
  • Deepfake
  • Phishing
  • Pharming
  • Dark Web
  • Stalking
  • Facebook
  • Auditing
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Firewall
  • ID Fraud
  • Firmware
  • Analyst
  • Bitcoin
  • E-Crime
  • Malware
  • Tracing
  • Privacy
  • Android
  • Google
  • ECrime
  • Spying
  • Router
  • IPhone
  • Cults
  • Cyber
  • ACORN
  • SCAMS
  • COBOL
  • DDOS
  • DMCA
  • RFID
  • CSRF
  • Java
  • .NET
  • Perl

Biography

Australia’s best criminal defence computer forensics expert witness.

Free review of any case to determine a proper understanding of assistance and direction.

Simon Smith is a very successful self-employed expert in computer forensics, expert computer programming and project management. He is a certified fraud examiner, internationally certified computer crime and forensic investigator, and also has extensive experience in cybersecurity, cybercrime and cyberstalking cases. His background in IT is extensive.

He has been engaged and appeared as an expert witness in numerous criminal and civil cases (see sample at the bottom) such as analysing forensic digital evidence in criminal matters; one involving a drug charge and life sentence that was dropped immediately after Simon submitted his report.

Another major cyberstalking and catfishing case involving a famous actor. Mr Smith analysed and gave his expert testimony on the case; outlining the lack of solid evidence and lack of proper procedure in the collection of digital evidence, which was mostly circumstantial.

Another matter which involves the provision of expert opinion advice to a famous Olympic athlete in the area of iPhone forensics.

The latest matter involving a software dispute where a customer did not receive the product she paid for, and the mobile app developer did not follow any proper or accepted project management methodology or document and/or provide documentation of the process as he should have.

Other cases have involved murder, cyber stalking, and other alleged criminal activity where Mr Smith has analysed evidence and given opinion on the procedure followed by police or lack thereof.

He has been engaged and appeared as an expert witness in numerous criminal and civil cases, analysing forensic digital evidence in criminal matters; one involving a potential life sentence, which was dropped immediately after he submitted his report.

Another matter involved a shooting and he was asked to verify digital evidence of the accused’s alibi.

He has provided expert opinion in white collar and employee fraud cases and has analysed and given evidence and opinion based on that evidence showing how it was done and by whom.

In defamation cases where settlement was reached after the submission of Simon's expert report.

Personal Safety Intervention Order matters, settled when Simon started asking questions and for evidence. Quite a number of cases have ended or settled outside of Court on the strength of Simon's reports.

Simon has also given evidence via Affidavit in an interlocutory application in the District Court of Queensland for Injurious Falsehood; to determine an injunction to stop an ex-employee from damaging the reputation of a company after tracking him down via a fake Facebook account. He was asked to detail to the Court how a ‘like’ and a ‘share’ can spread throughout the Facebook network and how he was able to without doubt – link the accused with the conduct by phone and email to the Facebook account.

He has been asked to provide an expert report on social media defamation and the impact that it has in quantifying the electronic damage to a business by way of the spread of Google keyword suggestions and algorithms.

Simon has given expert opinions on the subject of online defamation involving Google and precedence in Australian law, in ‘Defteros (the real underbelly Criminal Barrister) vs Google’, ‘Duffy vs Google’ and assisted in quantifying IP damages in software and online defamation disputes.

He has identified a case and assisted a 1 billion dollar funded Mobile App giant client to eradicate staff that were working a second business and stealing intellectual property from within the company.

He has also given evidence in cold cases that identified a stalker in a case that sat with the then High-Tech Crime Commission – landing the stalker a two-year suspended jail sentence for five consecutive years of serious stalking back in 2010.

Simon has provided evidence to public authorities like the VBA and the LSCB and the Commonwealth in Queensland to assist in identifying unlicensed practitioners, and unfit parents (and in the latter – a serious case that was of such importance that could lead to deportation of the accused).

He has solved cyberstalking cases, one where seven stalkers turned out to be one person; and intricate catfish cases which involved over 17 different social media accounts to save the life of a young boy who was in danger of getting kidnapped by a predator who was not who they said they were online.

Being a FDRP, a lot of his work is dealing with technology abuse and family breakdowns. He also has uncovered many major cryptocurrency cybercrimes and identified the perpetrators, who stole millions of dollars of digital currency from clients.

He has given expert advice to accused sex offenders, and provided pro-bono services to romance scam victims, uncovered cyber criminals that have scammed sums to the amount of over 3.5 million dollars and provided the industry with intelligence on global epidemics like WannaCry ransomware tracking and more.

He has appeared on Sky News, SBS, The Project (10), Today (9), 7:30 Report (2), A Current Affair (9), Amazon Prime, radio and digital and print news. He is skilled in counter Intelligence, an Hon. Blockchain Board Member with the IIB (EC-Council®) and a Certified Expert in Cyber Intelligence (CECI®) recognised by the US Department of Homeland Security. He has singlehandedly solved many cases that others have deemed “cold”. and many other platforms and digital and conventional media as an expert.

He specialises in conducting commercial services and assists clients of all types in forensic investigations of high-tech software disputes, cybercrime cases, finding Cyberscammers, and especially those who hide behind fake accounts – a very unique market where his evidence usually goes to support a police investigation. He uses social engineering and advanced techniques to find the perpetrator of eCrime, and has been deeply involved in the IT Security industry for 22 commercial years. He is also the first responder to major cyber crisis events.


He is a Social Media Expert, Certified and Experienced in (Ethical Hacking, Information Technology Professional, Pentration Testing), Splunk, Palo Alto, CyberArk, IBM B/C, Win32 API, C SQL, Java, Checkpoint Security Master and Google Analytics (GAIQ). He provides forensic investigator and expert witness services in Crypto, e-Fraud, scams, Deepfakes, cyberstalking, cybercrime, corruption, catfishing, social media and technology disputes.

“Simon is a very impressive individual with a brilliant mind, and the exact type of person you want on your team. He is a problem solver that thinks outside the box, and is focused on solutions.
A huge weight lifted off our shoulders from the time we engaged Simon's expert help, and our situation quickly and dramatically improved thanks to his guidance, tireless passion and commitment.

We credit Simon for resolving a very emotional and stressful time for our family, and couldn’t recommend Simon more highly. Our only regret was not getting him on board earlier." – Former Expert Witness client, County Court of Victoria.

He has been an avid computer technologist since the age of 11. Simon excelled through VCE (top 2%) in Australia in IT. Shortly after, he was offered an Analyst Programmer role, became a 10-figure entrepreneur, CEO and expert Snr. Systems Analyst in Computer Forensics, Systems Process, Program and People Management.

Simon testifies against prosecution as a Defence expert in criminal matters and acts for either side in civil matters. He is an expert in fake accounts and has helped hundreds where police have failed. The UK Police Force even sought his skills in 2017. Security Now's Ken Hess has called him "Perhaps the World's Best Investigator"

At 22, while he lectured Programming/SQL/VB at Swinburne Uni in the evenings after work, he also founded US/AU medico-legal dictation firms.

Over the last 22 years, he has performed almost all IT, Cyber & Project Management, Programming and Investigative IT Systems role(s) giving him a full taste of industry experience to be able to understand the true depth of Software Development (from Concept to Retirement).
He has mastered the SDLC and all Agile variations that have been employed over the years and holds Post Graduate Diplomas in Software related Project Management, a Six Sigma Black Belt (SSBB), SCRUM.org Professional Scrum Master (PSM), Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT 5), PRINCE2 Practitioner, and Master Project Manager (MPM) with over 22 years of industry experience. He has assisted the media, UK police, and has been taught by some of the world’s best practitioners.

He has succeeded in cases involving High-tech Blockchain scams, Programming and Reverse Engineering, Software IP disputes, Insider and External Hacking, Fraud and Deception, False Social Media Accounts, Hardware & Software exploits involving Access and Identity, RFID and raw Digital Forensics, IP Tracing, Dark Web, Computer Cybercrime, Cyberstalking (especially Family Law and Computer/Mobile Forensics), Cyber Attacks as First Responder, Insurance Disputes, Cybergrooming cases involving serious sex offenders and digital evidence, Cyber Terrorism, Cyberbullying, Cyber Harassment, Government Corruption and Online Extortion. He is a hands-on successful Cyber Crisis Expert, Resilience Expert and has solved over $80m of cold cases and over 500 Cybercrimes that police could not solve.

Simon Smith is the founder, first responder and Snr. Cyber Security Expert Witness known as eVestigator. His Qualifications are outstanding and match his experience started from the very day he could legally work and learn at the same time.

He has been a Court Appointed Expert Witness, and given evidence via oral, written, Affidavit, and expert testimony in many jurisdictions, many in high profile criminal, civil cases, and Family Law, being an FDRP. He has provided crucial decision-making assistance to stop litigation too.

He has seen almost all kinds of cybercrime and had a great deal of experience and success in assisting people attain results, even if the end result is mediation (as many of my cases revolve around family and technology abuse). He has acted as an expert witness many times, and given both oral, written and in person testimony and opinions.

Just call and talk. Being a Nationally Accredited Mediator, and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, as well as having Internationally Recognised Certifications in High-Tech Computer Forensics, Ethical Hacking, and Cyber Security, as well as being a Detective, Simon Smith offers more than just facts.


Qualifications and Certifications:
Post Graduate Diploma of Management
Post Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership
Post Graduate Diploma of Portfolio Management
Post Graduate Certificate in Information Technology & Strategic Management
Post Graduate Certificate in Information Technology & Sustainability
Post Graduate Certificate in Telecommunications
Post Graduate Certificate in Digital Education
Post Graduate Certificate in Management
Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership Diversity
Post Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution
Advanced Diploma of Integrated Risk Management
Advanced Diploma of Program Management
Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management
Advanced Diploma of Management
Advanced Diploma of Government (Workplace/Investigations/Fraud)
Advanced Diploma of Management (Human Resources)
Advanced Diploma of Marketing
Diploma of Programming
Diploma of Project Management
Diploma of Quality Auditing (Lead Auditor)
Diploma of Security and Risk Management
Diploma of Business Administration
Diploma of Business
Diploma of Management
Diploma of Training, Design & Development
Diploma of Vocational Education & Training
Diploma of Human Resources Management
Diploma of Counselling
Certificate IV in Cybersecurity
Certificate IV in Security & Risk Management
Certificate IV in Government (Investigations)
Certificate IV in Mediation
Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
Certificate IV in Business Administration
Certificate IV in Frontline Management
Certificate Ill Investigative Services

Further International and US - Department of Homeland Security recognised certifications:
MPM – Master Project Manager
ISO 27001 – Information Systems Lead Auditor
COBIT5 – Software Development Project Methodology
ITIL- IT Infrastructure Library (Axelos)
Prince2 Practitioner (Axelos)
PSM – (Professional Scrum Master) – Scrum.org
CSSBB - (Certified Six Sigma Blackbelt)
AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
CCISO - Certified Chief Information Security Officer (EC-Council)
MCSD - Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (App Builder)
MCSE - Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (Data Management & Analytics)
MCSE - Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (Mobility)
MCSA – Web Applications
MCP – Programming with HTML5 and Javascript with CSS3
MCP – Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications
MCP – Developing SQL Databases
MTA – Microsoft Certified Software Developer
MS Security - CSO & IT Pro's Cert, DevOps
CSD – Certified Solidity Developer
CSU, IT Masters, Certification in Computer Forensics
Newcastle University, Certification in Cybersecurity
GAIQ - Google Analytics Individual Qualification
CAMS – Certified Access Management Specialist
CEH – Certified Ethical Hacker
CNDA – Certified Network Defender Architect
CHFI – Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator
CPT – Certified Penetration Tester
CFE – Certified Fraud Examiner
CECI - Certified Expert Cyber Investigator
CCTA - Certified Cyber Threat Analyst
CCIP - Certified Cyber Intelligence Professional
CIRS – Certified Internet Research Specialist
CSMIE - Certified Social Media Intelligence Expert
CEFI - Certified E-Commerce Fraud Investigator
Asterisk® dCAA (VOIP Certification)
CCI - Certified Criminal Investigator
Master Certification. Detecting Deception, behavioural interviewing and reading body language - Steve Van Aperan
Criminology, Profiling + Forensic Science (ICOES)
CBP – Certified Blockchain Professional
CBE – Certified Blockchain Expert
CWVTS - Certified Workplace Violence & Threat Specialist

Associations and Honorary Appointments:
AAPM - American Academy of Project Management Honorary Member
Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) and OSP
Microsoft Azure Partner Program Member
IASA - International Association of Software Architects
MSPRP – Microsoft Partner Research Panel
VSCL - Victorian Society for Computers and the Law
IMI – Identity Management Institute Member
MIEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
MAISA - Australian Information Security Association
auDA member with voting rights
ANZSOC - ANZ Society of Criminology
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
Honorary Board Member of IIB Council Advisory Board (EC-Council)
CLA - Civil Liberties Australia
NAM – Nationally Accredited Mediator – Conflict Solvers Member
FDRP - Cth. Appointed FDRP
Cryptocurrency Certification Consortium (CO)


It would do no justice to list an exhaustive list of the qualifications and certificates, as well as TV appearances and associations, board positions and accomplishments here. If you or your client wish to see all of that, you may visit https://linkedin.com/in/simonsmithinvestigator or https://www.cybersecurity.com.au, or even https://www.evestigatormedia.com.au for recent media.

Recent cases
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Victoria Police vs Abdelmalek - Heidelberg Magistrates Court - Extremely public and high-profile case of serious cyberstalking of over eight people (in Appeal). The overall story related to the stalking case of Lincoln Lewis (former Home & Away star) and Abdelmalek - Expert witness Simon Smith.

Civil Construction Company vs Former Employee - Serious online social media injurious falsehood injunction - Expert Witness testimony. Fake account intelligence - District Court of Queensland.

Police vs Individual - Melbourne Magistrates Court - SOKET - Mobile phone forensics CEM expert opinion matter. Case settled due to expert evidence.

R vs Nozhat - Canberra Supreme Court - COPP/AFP - Did not proceed to trial due to my Expert Witness Report major success. Jury sent home. Suppression order on case. Life sentence withdrawn. Plea bargain entered - Expert witness report - Simon Smith.

Plumbing Business vs Consumer whose story ran on 'A Current Affair' - County Court of Victoria - Online Defamation brought on by broadcast of 'A Current Affair' story. Successful outcome due to Expert Report forcing Applicant to immediately withdraw the case.

Consumer vs Plumbing Business - Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal - Civil Claim involving alleged digital fraud. Successful outcome due to Expert Report.

Manufacturing Company vs Magento/SEO/PRINCE2 Web Development Company - Expert Report of Industry Expectation of what I consider to be fit and proper in service and methodology. Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal - Civil Claim involving e-commerce website software dispute. Successful outcome due to Expert Report.

Counterclaim in the above matter: Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal - Civil Claim involving e-commerce website software dispute. Successful outcome due to Expert Report.

Corporation vs Bitcoin Cryptocurrency Scammer Expert Opinion: Direct Engagement - Confidential - leading to the successful identity and suing of a Bitcoin Scammer.

R vs Bethel - Child abduction/deportation case - Sworn evidence for the prosecution – District Court of Queensland – Confidential.

de Bomford vs 41st Degree Software Pty. Ltd - Expert Opinion - Direct engagement. Mobile app developer bad practices, lack of SDLC, SRS or PM methodology, software development negligence.

de Bomford vs 41st Degree Software Pty. Ltd - Expert Witness Expert Report - Lack of SDLC, SRS or PM methodology, software development negligence and damages matter - Supreme Court Tasmania.

Energy Safe Victoria vs Nicholson - Unlicensed practitioner case - sworn evidence for the prosecution - Confidential.

Consumers vs Travelalot Pty. Ltd - Media requested investigation - Investigated for “A Current Affair” - Nine Network - Referred to ACCC for prosecution. Travelalot was an online booking site to book holidays at a very cheap rate, including in most cases, airfare and accommodation. After being advised by ACA that there were a large number of consumers complaining about this business, I opened up communication with the owner to validate the facts. As a result of my investigation and report to ACCC, action was taken.

Legal Services Board and Commissioner vs Mortgage Broker - Sworn evidence for the prosecution – Confidential.

Victoria Police vs Individual (Organisation Employee, alleged computer crime): Expert Opinion - Magistrates Court of Victoria - Confidential.

NSW Police vs Multiple Accused - Attempted murder trial regarding Facebook messaging forensic evidence - Expert Opinion - Supreme Court of NSW - Confidential.

NSW Police vs Alleged Social Media Child Grooming < 14 Accused - Serious Child Sex Solicitation Crime - Up to 25 years jail at stake - Expert Opinion - Confidential.

Victoria Police vs Alleged Social Media Intervention Order Breach - Expert Opinion - Dropped all charges - Confidential.

Victoria Police vs Alleged Social Media Underage Grooming Charge - Expert Opinion - Dropped all charges - Confidential.

FDR Dispute over child access - Within 15 minutes avoided entire Family Law case for client - Expert Opinion.

IDG Australia - Deep fakes in Marketing - Expert Opinion.

Corporation vs Search Engine Optimisation Company - Allegation of misappropriation of spending and negligence of services - Expert Opinion – Confidential.

Famous Olympic Athlete vs Sporting Tribunal - Confidential Allegation involving technology - Expert Opinion - Confidential.

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