eVestigator® (a 100% positive result success rate to date)


Hi I'm Simon Smith, Cyber Forensics Expert Court Witness, Expert Investigator and the eVestigator®. I have worked on too many high, middle and low profile cases to count. This page only lists very few. It is amazing to see how much difference fact makes and how much money it can save a client. I often see clients who have wasted $100,000+ on litigation and gotten nowhere, and then I have a result for them (in one particular case) in just 2 weeks. That is how I work. I am just the person, with the independence, skills, knowledge and background, equipped as a specialist forensic, qualified Private Investigator to trace conduct back to its source, to affirm, expand on or re-create a scenario of alleged conduct for you.

I was born in an era of technology and rapid advancement, I manage and have managed enormous enterprises for over 20 years - programming in every language combined with strong and proven civil, criminal, factual and government investigation skills and credibility, having given intelligence to Ombudsman, Ministers and the Auditor-General. My knowledge and unique experience gives me that competitive edge to give independent, expertly obtained fact.

When I was 20, I started a three-year stint as a lecturer in Advanced Computer Programming at Swinburne University of Technology. I was also employed as an Analyst Programmer at the time, I already had about 10 years (mostly childhood) experience of programming in earlier languages and programming a server capable of handling the very first real commercial internet traffic. eCrime and White Collar Fraud, eFraud, Cyber-Squatting, Cyber-Stalking, Cyber Attacks (denial of service and more), Intellectual Property Breaches and so much more have grown from systemic mistakes made in the growth of the public internet/intranets over the years, and *will* continue. As the inventor of computer-reliant patents, I am making history and was praised by three Federal Court Judges in the full Federal Court of Australia in a case related to defeating the Commissioner of Patents attempt to revoke a patent.

I am an expert in software related IP marks. I am in a position to demonstrate algorithms that can assist a Court or jury with understanding a crime or offence in simple terms. With experience, credibility (Commonwealth FDRP, NMAS Mediator, CMC, Forensic Investigator and more) alongside commercial experience programming and investigating software engineering holes, and expert programming on all platforms spanning 20 years, I can help illustrate to the court, justice and/or jury, beyond reasonable doubt, how, when and why events occur in simple terms to affirm intent and conduct.

CORPORATE & GOVERNMENT FORENSIC INVESTIGATIONS (Any kind of investigation or SCAM discovery including corruption, fraud and more)

I am independent and provide a completely impartial service. I can and have used my abilities to assist the government in many ways by providing external investigations and forensic dispute resolution. I specialise in high-tech white collar fraud and can and have identified system issues of corruption in government departments, be it influenced internally or externally. Rightly so, the public expect the government act in a way consistent with their charters and legislation and the guidance of their Ministers.

I have had exclusive experience in unveiling fraud in government departments and providing intelligence to senior independent officers like the Auditor-General and the Ombudsman. My Mediation skills are often used in conjunction with my forensic programming/reverse programming skills to determine fact to apply policy.------- In the corporate world Cyber-crime, Cyber-stalking, Cyber-bullying, Facebook abuse, email abuse, YouTube abuse and cyber-related staff harassment/stalking has become a systemically increasing problem for internal personnel as well as the corporation.

I have assisted in cases by gathering intelligence via the new world of social media, I assisted in jailing a person in Victoria for the serious offence of stalking. It is important to trust your employees and a breach of that trust must not go unnoticed. There are three main qualities that when combined, produce absolutely super cost effective output. See below.
"We do not have to all be experts, sometimes common sense is enough". eVestigator® - Simon Smith
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Why Me? - I'm not just a Forensic Expert

I am also a Nationally Accredited Mediator, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Reverse Engineering Expert and Cyber Security Expert. I also have Graduate Diploma level skills Digital Education and Management and have a strong business understanding, as well as businesses experience when it comes to disputes and how to save money and not fall into a loop where you spend money and get nowhere. I have had significant experience in IP disputes, Patents and Trademarks and I am an expert in the Education Industry, as well as a commercial authorised Apple, Android and Certified Windows Developer, having made several commercial applications and having built several multi-million dollar enterprises. I understand, which is where my advocacy service assist greatly, and saves you money.

I am a Forensic Private Investigator qualified under the Victoria Police Private Investigator Licencing Regulation Department - Simon Smith (CHFI) t/as eVestigator

This gives me the skills to see through the lines, get fact, without fear or favour, whether its for or against the government or for or against a civil entity, I find fact.

I am a Nationally Accredited Mediator accredited by the MSB under the NMAS and Commonwealth Appointed Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner

These skills are an absolute necessity and are often what is missing with other professionals. It enables me to determine the suitable jurisdiction and to better understand the dispute and resolutions, which saves you money, and my client's praise this ability. Especially with family situations, as in many cases an FDRP, in normal circumstances, is the only person that can sign a s60(i) under the Family Law Act granting permission to enter proceedings involving children after mediation.

I am a Professional Advocate

This is the most important part. I am happy to say that by joining all my skills together, and gaining permission from my clients to work with others like Lawyers, Barristers, Government Authorities, the Police, I can guide them through to an actual total outcome. Many people deliver services in pieces, and you either end up wasting your money with nothing, or having to re-explain everything again multiple times costing you more money. I like to see them through. My clients have told me I have saved them hundreds of thousands of dollars, and come to an expedited outcome after years of fighting.

eVestigator writes to ACORN with serious concerns

This is the most important part. I am happy to say that by joining all my skills together, and gaining permission from my clients to work with others like Lawyers, Barristers, Government Authorities, and the Police when they abide by the law, I can guide them through to an actual beneficial outcome, and not just a 'see you later' response. Many people deliver services in pieces, and you either end up wasting your money with nothing, or having to re-explain everything again multiple times costing you more money. I like to see them through. My clients have told me I have saved them hundreds of thousands of dollars, and come to an expedited outcome after years of fighting.

Success (Samples have been de-Identified)

Note: This is only a very early stage layout of some successes. There has been many more over the years and many more happening almost daily. They tend to now appear either anonymously or via way of comment, updated regularly as time permits in both the blog or evident in the numerous testimonials. Please make sure you check them out.

I love my job - the best way to show competence is with fact, so here is just a sample of de-identified cases Simon Smith, Australia's very own eVestigator® has been involved in.

I found the IP identity of the fake Microsoft Tech Support Scammer (or one of them - and gave it to ACORN). Now this was interesting. More than 90% of my clients come to me frustrated after not having any luck with the police or ability to make a statement. This one particular client (a very smart man) received a call one day and being the trusting person he is, he was strongly led to believe his computer was infected with a virus and Microsoft have detected it and are calling him to fix the problem. Everyone has different thresholds and trust levels but I can understand how an older gentleman would believe this could be the case. To cut a long story short the person with an indian accent got him to install remote control software on his machine, allowing the 'hacker' to install malware, giving full access to his computer when connected and online at anytime. Plus, he thought he would throw in a low level password and bribe the gentleman to pay money in order for Microsoft to remove the password from his computer.

The gentleman spent $1500 (it could have been more) to this 'entity' and nothing happened. They still however said they needed more money. The gentleman then reported the crime to the police who did not take a statement despite it being a crime under the Crimes Act 1958, and sent him to ACORN. ACORN (people believe) is a division of the police force to report and act on cyber-crime. The gentleman swiftly received notification from ACORN with a fact sheet and some general advice and said nothing could be done.

This is when I got involved. When he presented his laptop to me I was able to take off the important data and remove the entire malware/virus, and even further since they were still trying to get money out of him, I decided to locate them. Via propietary techniques, I attained the criminals IP Address, IP, Mobile device make, firmware which was in India. As it turns out, ACORN ended up making a complaint about me for not telling them what I found out - saying I had a duty to report it. I did tell my client to report it but must admit was taken back from that approach and was insulted. Nevertheless I got over it, and sent ACORN the identifying details so they 'might' take action. What happened to Interpol? The police have always had the ability to report international crimes. I have seen letters from customers where ACORN have said "we cannot investigate international crimes" or words to that effect. So, I solved perhaps one of Australia's biggest SCAM's that ever existed. My client thanked me prefusively and that was relieving. I ended up taking it further with ACORN but at the end of the day it is a small world and a lot of crime and this was something that they may have been too busy for. Nevertheless I continue to help people get real justice.

I uncovered one of the largest DDOS cyber-attacks (with this case being followed closely in the media) involving defamation of a celebrity. I uncovered and traced an underground crime syndicate that was responsible for spamming over 24 million people at the request of a disgruntled ex-business partner. I found the link to identify the accused on the balance of probability. This was a massive find, with no leads, and with sheer investigative work, a series of events have led to what could be considered extreme reasonable doubt against the accuser's story. The case is privileged and ongoing, no more generic information can be provided in this matter.

I was approached on behalf of one of the world's largest insurance companies to assist in the underwriting, in conjunction with their solicitors, of new Cyber-Security and Indemnity policies, the development of new risks in this ever changing industry, requesting assistance in indemnity wording and risk and creating PDS's around new and innovative white collar fraud and cyber-attacks in the media at the moment.

I was requested to analyse voice biometrics to determine if a suspect had made a hoax bomb threat by telephone and was requested to advise the lawyer of the accused on what should technically be requested from the police and gave intelligence as to the voice codec and causing reasonable doubt of biometric distortion in a compressive lossy voice algorithm. This was a very serious case with charges under the new Anti-Terrorism laws.

I was recently approached by an individual seeking help after being accused of several counts of hearsay sexual offenses leading back over eight years, with the evidence reliant on MSN and Facebook data. This case is pending; however as the accused was pleading innocent, I was able to demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt the unreliability of supposed forensic data relying on old MSN messages.

I was approached and subsequently investigated and compiled an expert report in conjunction with a solicitor's privacy policy detailing the privacy implications, after inspection of the source code and auditing of the non-identifiable hash algorithms that intercepted mobile Wi-Fi beacon signals for the purpose of tracking retail customers, I gave security and privacy protection recommendations based on my findings.

I worked with State Regulators, providing intelligence which led to two convictions, stopping an unqualified electrician performing further illegal, unsafe and non-compliant electrical work. He was convicted and fined.

I investigated and provided evidence to ASIC of the deceitful and misleading actions of a Director who allegedly breached the Corporations Act and committed an act of Bankruptcy. He on behalf of his company allegedly applied for deregistration during court proceedings to avoid paying debts arising from judgment against him. I supplied a brief of evidence which is now with the CDPP for prosecution. I also achieved reinstatement of the closed company. The company is now in liquidation.

I uncovered fraud and corrupt conduct within a government department and provided a full investigative report to the Auditor-General and Ombudsman, proving a breach to the Minister's Gazette pricing structures in the education regulatory instrument unveiling over $7m of overcharging of education stakeholders, as well as affirming in person with the Auditor-General and Minister identical evidence found in his audit, uncovering identical breaches to legislation.

I have since uncovered corrupt and improper conduct on the part of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission and the Department of Justice, which will be subject to further legal action initiated by myself.

I have uncovered at least five dating scams involving the usual request for money to ‘come to Australia' to meet their new love but never having enough money. I was involved in working with Western Union to take this to the police as a crime to stop the conduct.

I have acted for a high profile corporate client who had been cyber-stalked for five years, living in terror, with the police and their High-tech Crime division investigating without success. After just two weeks I found the accused (via social media, cyber methods and traditional investigative techniques) and my evidence later helped prosecute and convict the stalker under the strict Victorian Anti-stalking laws.

As an expert in social media and cyber-stalking cases, I assisted the NSW police via Interpol in tracking down the stalker of a popular YouTuber to Scotland. And so working with the Scottish police the stalking was concluded.

I have assisted individuals extensively in finding their cyber-stalkers via Facebook, dating websites and email scams, using email tracing and cyber intelligence mechanisms. When in all situations the customer was informed by police that nothing could be done.

In an impersonation case, a man purported to steal the identity of an individual and consequently put up a dating profile soliciting gay sex and sending interested parties to the victim's address. The suspect had blocked his IP address and was difficult to track but using forensic tracking I was able to identify the address of the accused, leading to his arrest.

15 years ago I discovered a flaw in (one of the world's largest accounting software companies) that revealed credit card details in the hexadecimal binary of the unencrypted data file and alerted the producers of the software to the problem.

My mediation skills are often also used in conjunction with my forensic programming/reverse programming skills to determine fact to apply policy.
-"If only you could see information as a jigsaw, releasing via Social Media and its risks could be the final piece". eVestigator® - Simon Smith

Some case studies are subject to Non-Disclosure agreements. Please contact me for a massive list of experience and real Success. My work speaks for itself. Looking for a testimony from a real corporate client who was stalked for five years, living in terror, with the police and their High-tech Crime division investigating without success? After just two weeks I found the accused (via social media, cyber methods and traditional investigative techniques) and my evidence later helped prosecute and convict the stalker under the strict Victorian Anti-stalking laws. Contact: Lifestyle Portraits, Darren Tilnak


Below is a sample of some of my Qualifications/PD (Excluding Case Studies/Experience/Appointments). It is relevant to note that Cyber-Threats in my view is the new world war. New hacking methods are created, and smarter e-Crime is committed day by day. There is not one degree one could do without the knowledge of such degree being expired at conclusion. eVestigator® has a magnitude of Nationally Accredited and Professional Development (Some endorsed by Charles Sturt University) to maintain currency. I grew up with the birth of the internet and every day cases bring new threats that may not have existed yesterday. My work and customer feedback speaks for itself. Please find below a sample of some of the official Qualifications and PD I have undertaken. Mostly, I teach others Cyber-Security trends, and this is something that is popular in America but lacking in Australia's training system. Children should be taught about current cyber risks in primary school as (from experience) the exposure with social networking is so open, people do not realise how much intelligence someone like myself could gain from merely a Facebook profile. This is something we are working on, in educating Australia. There will be more on this shortly.

Professional development is often maintained via world renowned Udemy platform. Udemy has been discussed in The New York Times, The China Post, Fast Company, the BBC and TechCrunch, with much of its coursework originating from Stanford University Expert material noting "Udemy offers an experience that rivals the real classroom, and should prove to be a useful utility for teachers and students of all subject matters.

IT University (CHFI) Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator Accreditation
WASC Accredited WASC accreditation also places ITU among the recognized list of institutions on the U.S. Department of Education's database of recognized institutions of higher learning and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation's Listing of Accredited and Candidate Institutions (CHEA). ITU is also recognized as an approved institution by California's Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).
Subjects: Computer Forensics Introduction, Forensics Investigation Process, Searching and Seizing, Digital Evidence, First Responder Procedures, Forensics Lab, Hard Disks and File Systems, Windows Forensics, Data Acquisition and Duplication, Recovering Deleted Files and Partitions, Using Access Data FTK, Using EnCase, Steganography, Password Crackers, Log Correlation, Network Forensics, Wireless Attacks, Web Attacks, Email Crimes, Mobile Investigation, Investigative Reports, Expert Witness