Simon Smith is Australia's most elite Computer Digital Forensics Private Investigator, expert witness for the courts, auditor of computer industry expert work, and master programmer and reverse engineering analyst (white hat hacker). An expert witness is a person who has specialised knowledge based on that person's training, study or experience. There are many factors' that distinguish opinions and facts, and in my life, I have been lucky enough to have over 20 years+ of industry experience from the very bottom upwards - not just some limited outdated paper from a jump in the middle of the supercharged industry (without a lifetime of background), although, eVestigator® has lots of formal paper to add to his collection too. His name is Simon Smith (FPI, GDipFDR, Investigator, CEW). He
occasionally offers a Direct Briefing service with an NDA. eVestigator® has over 20 years+ experience as an master Computer Programmer, former sessional
University lecturer for Swinburne 17 years ago in advanced programming, and an extreme business and IT portfolio in between. For the last six years he has been utilised as a Digital Forensic Expert and Court Witness and Private/Factual Investigator, as well as an Expert Cyber Security Investigator and Auditor and Data Recovery Expert. He is also a Digital Forensics Expert Court Witness for
rt, Mobile Cyber Security Analyst, Patentee, Mobile Device Author and a Computer Systems Source Code Auditor. He is able to offer a vast range of Specialist Investigative services. He is renowned in Australia as "Today Tonight's" Cyber-bullying Expert, Digital Forensic Expert Court Witness, Cyber Security / Cyber Crime Investigator, Insurance Risk Analyst, Data Loss/Prevention, Online/Offline Fraud, Intellectual Property eDiscovery / Due Diligence Expert, Education Expert, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac, Windows CE, Nokia Computer Forensics Data Recovery Expert, Windows Certified Programmer, Family/Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Nationally Accredited Mediator, Source Code Inspection, Ethical Hacking/Reverse Engineering Expert, Corruption Investigator, Surveillance/Bug Detection & Litigation Support. He is highly qualified, experienced and has proven to attain fast and cost effective factual outcomes, complimented by his Commonwealth Graduate Diploma in Family Law Disputes Resolution, Counselling & Grief and Trauma Author.
Simply call 0410643121 (Direct) to book in a time where he will provide you with an opportunity to sign a NDA and receive evidence from you and give you a definitive answer as to the direction he would give to add actual positive value to your situation. You may email or SMS. The email is firstname.lastname@example.org. He only works on successful cases and offers an initial FREE service to assist in ensuring the client has travelled down the right path. Complimenting this, he is also a Nationally Accredited Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, and General Factual Investigator. It costs you nothing. Give him a call on 0410643121 (Direct) and you are welcome to fill in the Non Disclosure Agreement.
An expert that goes above and beyond and aims straight for the point
I am known Nationally as eVestigator® and in the media for my specialist cyber expertise. I am a licensed Private Investigator, holding several Qualifications, being a Practicing Forensic Private Investigator, Trained Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator, Expert Witness taught by Hugh Selby of Unisearch, holder of several Graduate Diploma's, Graduate Certificates, Diploma’s in Security and Risk Management, Government Investigations, Information Technology and Strategic Management, Cyber Security, Government (Fraud Control), Government (Security) and so much more (see below for so much more).
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My main experience comes from 25 years of the majority of my child, teen and adult life consisting of extensive Commercial Computer Programming and interest in innovation and creation. It all started when I was 11 years old initially programming from a tape deck green screen AMSTRAD CPC464, growing up programming continuously before the birth of the consumer Internet, then programming throughout high school during the birth of the consumer internet with every main language that existed, designing my own mail and internet servers, continuing to this day with knowledge of all frameworks including now as an App Store accredited mobile developer to patentee and Master Programmer (from ground up - not like the template ones they teach today). When I was 19, I was literally handpicked and employed as an Analyst Programmer and taken straight out of year 1 University and offered a full time job as an Analyst Programmer leading to a Senior Analyst Programmer position after being recognised as one of a small group of 3% of Australians who received Quadruple A++ in Information Systems and Processing and Management CATs. In that role the mix between my IT expertise and investigative expertise began to show. I was investigating the binary of a QuickBooks QIF file one day for a corporate client and came across a RAW credit card number. I immediately called QuickBooks who took no interest. Since then I have worked at multiple workplaces and created from ground up several multimillion dollar enterprises all in relation to IP, web, cyber security, reporting, educational, project management, corporate application, mobile, data and voice analysis applications and enterprises from scratch. When I say from scratch, I fundamentally mean from scratch. There is an article I wrote about 'template' programmers you might find interesting on this site.
Computer forensics begin with the necessity of being computer programming master. Gone of the days where people say, "I have this Company certificate from this famous networking firm who happen to develop a widely used product. Developers make products - from scratch, and makers of products are able to understand the engineering underneath. A true expert computer programmer holds the skills and abilities of every other IT discipline, because through the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) they have had to conduct the equivalent work and ensure that ultimately their software works with Database X on Server Y or Conditions Z. In the past, I have used my programming abilities within investigations and forensics 'on the job'. If I need the job done, I programmed it myself. A true computer forensics expert is no expert unless they understand the raw essentials of the inner operations of programming from machine code to today's language layers - that way you understand the vulnerabilities from the lowest end. That is what you call a real computer forensics expert. I have often resulted back to source code to help solve cases. I don't rely on other people's tools. The fundamental learning comes from knowing the very backbone of computer programming, its history, (over 25m years- the birth of the consumer internet) its protocols from start to end, its languages from "IMM R0, 0x80" to what they call programming today and beyond. At this point, I knew that I was more than a Senior Analyst Programmer from knowing the complete roots of programming (now at 21 teaching advanced computer programming seasonally), having an advantage over everyone as I don't rely on software, even in investigations, I invent it. I am considered an expert in my field by way of experience and recognition of that experience, complimented by many side fields, especially knowledge of cyber stalking, family intervention and relationship battles and nationally accredited mediator status and it shows in the cases I succeed in. I have solved multimillion dollar fraud SCAM’s (including the fake Microsoft tech-support SCAM and dating SCAMS), resolved reverse cyber-stalking cases, family law cases, plenty of IP tracing and identity theft cases, and corporate crime and insurance fraud cases. I also work and train as a Cth. FDRP (Professional Family Court Mediator), and have trained many Barristers at law to become Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners’ appointed now by the Commonwealth. I am a Nationally Accredited Mediator (NAM) and hold a Certificate of Bail Justice from Victoria University. I am considered a Master in Digital Computer Forensics and Online Education and have developed patents in the subject matter. I have appeared on Today Tonight (7), the Today Show (9) and other media and to the courts as a Cyber Forensic Expert/Witness. I am independent and will act for and/or against the police/government or body corporate without fear or favour as my duty is to the law and the courts.
Simon Smith is proud to announce he has completed one of the industry's most challenging Cryptology Certifications.
Created by Professor Dan Boneh of Stanford University, Stanford have produced an extremely thorough online certification well respected by the industry. Cryptography is an indispensable tool for protecting information in computer systems. In this course you will learn the inner workings of cryptographic systems and how to correctly use them in real-world applications.
The course heads straight into detailed mathematics of how two parties who have a shared secret key can communicate securely when a powerful adversary eavesdrops and tampers with traffic. We will examine many deployed protocols and analyze mistakes in existing systems. The second half of the course discusses public-key techniques that let two parties generate a shared secret key.
The Certification covers some of the following:
Stream ciphers, cryptography, pseudo-randomness, encryption, secure encryption.
Block Ciphers, more powerful forms of encryption, AES/3DES, using block ciphers to provide data integrity, build an encryption/decryption system using AES. Message Integrity and classic constructions for MAC systems that are used to ensure data integrity, how to prevent modification of non-secret data, encryption confidentiality and integrity, authenticating large video files, hash chains.
Authenticated encryption, encryption methods for confidentiality and integrity, search encrypted data, studying symmetric encryption, key management and public-key cryptography networking a ciphertext attack on a sample website.
Basic key exchange, setting a secret key between two parties, consider protocols secure against eavesdropping, the main concepts of public key cryptography computational number theory and algorithms dating back to antiquity (Euclid) working up to Fermat, Euler, and Legendre. Also covering concepts from 20th century math and constructing several public key encryption systems.
Public key encryption, deep learning on how to encrypt using a public key and decrypt using a secret key. Public key encryption used for key management in encrypted file systems, messaging systems, and devices.
The two families of public key encryption systems, one based on trapdoor functions (RSA in particular) and the other based on the Diffie-Hellman protocol. Constructing systems that are secure against tampering, otherwise known as chosen ciphertext security (CCA security) and CCA secure public-key systems. Cryptographics mathematics for public-key advanced encryption techniques."
1. Look local. Ensure you call the person on a real mobile number and they call you back from that same mobile number.
2. Ensure you meet the person in a reasonable time frame somewhere public.
3. An online dating site is not for dating. It is to simply introduce you to a real person.
4. If a chatter does not want to be a real person within a reasonable timeframe, say bye bye!
Introducing, 'NFC'. NFC is Near Field Communication (NFC) is a short range wireless standard (Ecma-340, ISO/IEC 18092) that similarly uses magnetic field induction to enable communication between two devices as they pair, but only within a few centimetres. It is a shortcut if you like for a digital handshake that can emulate an RFID transaction by learning from another. It can also, on its own act in a capacity to uniquely identify an object but used for much smaller distances like key tags, or elevators etc. Then we introduce 'EMV'. EMV stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa. It is a combined initiative and worldwide standard for cooperation of integrated circuit cards and IC card capable POS or 'Point of Sale' terminals and ATM's or 'Automated Teller Machines'. It is used quite frequently for authenticating credit and debit card transactions for small amounts under $100 here in Australia, and typically is dependent on the locality. It is limited because it contactless, and therefore vulnerable, but apparently not so much for the three key credit card companies to see as a threat for taking or virtualising a pretend transaction using a simple phone. So, to cut it short, an NFC enabled phone with the right configured firmware with programattical changes (easily demonstratable but not for sale gladly) can technically read and both write the transaction from its memory purporting to mirror the cards first signal. This is the technology already in use but controlled in Google Wallet, Samsung Pay, PayPal Cardless payments, etc. It uses NFC and Android Beam. eVestigator® warns consumers of the absolute possibility that this could be used to fake a transaction, as well as steal the credit card number and expiry date from somebody's pocket. Without going into detail, eVestigator® has recreated the technology already known to be a flaw in the system in the US and in Australia but not to the extent people should wonder if it could be used by anyone.
In my opinion, based on the fact that now Smart Phones are easily accessible with NFC and Android Beam, the technique opens the door to non hackers, and broadens the reach of Cyber-Crime. To protect yourself, you just need to make sure that your chipped cards are covered in foil, metal or some sought of pouch with metal inside as mentioned earlier. Are RFID or contactless credit cards more trouble than they are worth? How much more effort is it to swipe a card and enter a PIN? When did our time get so limited that taking no more than a second to pay for a purchase is worth more than financial security? Sure you can buy a little pocket or sleeve to protect your card from skimming and cloning that takes seconds, with little to no initial risk to the perpetrator as they never touch your wallet and costs them very little to get what they need to steal your credit card information and as little as $35 to create a fake card using the stolen information. The time it takes to remove and replace your card in the sleeve negates the time saved using 'tap and go'. I remember one of the benefits of the added chip being touted as 'extra security'; now people are seeing demonstrated what many of us warned - in front of my own eyes and in a controlled testing environment - IT IS POSSIBLE!
There is virtually no security, on these kinds of payments, but the worse part to this is that it gives you the raw digits, so potentially you could purchase online. It is even possible to generate a Random CVV with the technology. The $100 limit limits the damage of one transaction, but you only need the number once - as people still rely on MOTO (Mail Order Telephone Order). Specifically just limiting ourselves to this technology and forgetting about knowing the card number, we can reproduce a real-time transaction in quick succession, and they can add up before the theft is discovered and the banks have detected any suspicious activity. RFID is easily hackable, by using a 'back-door' style approach via NFC which kind of does away with the encryption of the RFID! All that is needed to make a purchase, particularly online or over the phone is usually the credit card number and expiry date and as a merchant myself eVestigator® can safely say that the card companies do not require a CVV for MOTO transactions, hence the risk has heightened due to the availability of the technology being conveniently packed into an Android Smart Phone which has all the bits and pieces (without software intervention) to replay or copy a card transaction. The name on the card being incorrect is a human fraud check that can be made after the fact but to actually make a purchase it is unnecessary. You don't even need the three or four digit CVV number on the back of the card for most purchases. In any case social media makes identity theft even easier.
The technology in your phone now may be able to take a persons' credit card number and expiry in certain circumstances of which we shall not outlay, but it is not replayable to the average person. Be mindful that even if you have your card packed in your pocket or wallet, a skilled indiscreet passer can brush past you and take what they need. This leads to even further privacy concerns. Birthday messages on Facebook for example, make it pointless to hide your birthdate. So it just might be worth disabling RFID and sticking to swipe and PIN, as credit card numbers are used to sometimes authenticate passwords or gain access to internet banking. eVestigator® will assist the various companies in their cyber-security issues if needed. How it got this far, who knows. Until a revelation or specific information becomes available eVestigator® is happy to keep people safe, and even though this possibly may be another risk or exploit, he sees thousands every year that don't even require technology. He has solved over 15 major scams, and sometimes people don't realise how trusting they are. There is a consumer and criminal disconnection, and whether it is blamed on the computer or not, it still follows traditional methods, so beware!
I would like to introduce two short stories of fact anonymised for the benefit of counsel and readers of this newsletter to explain that from conducting a slight investigation and thinking outside the square, almost all cases are resolvable in such a way that they can be mediated or favourable to one side through computer forensics; as despite people thinking they are smart in sending anonymous emails or purporting to be someone else through TOR networks (of which I happen to own ‘Orion Elite Hidden IP Browser Pro++', the largest iOS software but it is supposed to be for the purposes of protecting the users privacy) they are not immune. I have saved many cases where justice has almost been destroyed because sadly in some situations the Magistrate, Justice, Judge or Member do not understand the complexity or the relationship between the technological credentials and reliability of the human and sometimes neither can the client explain it properly to their counsel or lawyer. This is detrimental because if nobody understands how to properly construct pleadings then they are likely to be struck out.
In my first case scenario, a person from India came to Australia to work for a company and provide Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) services. In other words, they simply came down and suggested that they would take over the company's Google marketing. This company was spending about $4000 a month on AdWords marketing. This new "employee" happened to own a SEO company in India, so he contracted himself to perform the work in conjunction with himself as an employee of this Australian company. He also set up various servers and operated several businesses from within this organisation—unbeknownst to the employers—through the company's network. From Google's perspective, all operations were performed by the employer. However, at least seven servers were set up, racking up a bill of $500 000 of debt without permission of the business owner; fraudulently, to the benefit of this employee who later was sacked and then demanded the employer pay more money as an alleged debt with the SEO company, money he claimed to be owed based on the trading relationship. What an ironic situation. I was called in to a very frantic company to determine how to get Google off their back for a half-a-million-dollar debt racked up by this ex-employee. The Google user account and IP address (internet location) pointed naturally to my client because the ex-employee had opened up several ports where he could dial in from home and pretend to be on my client's network in performing his illegal activities, then he left the country. I took a very strong lead in finding negligence on Google's side and technicalities in policy in attaining credit where credit was not authorised in order to defend my client's liability and explain from a cyber legal perspective, before it even got to the point of litigation, that the company was not responsible for this debt. In normal law, most of you would agree that the liability, despite the crime, would still fall on my client. This was an enormous success. This is what I would call a ‘hidden defendant'. You cannot always trust that the defendant is actually visible to you. This is also the case in many jurisdictions; one of which I would like to share with you that is quite extreme and how I completely overturned a massive case.
Most people would like to think that people tell the truth in family law cases, especially doctors. I had a case where I was called in to validate the characteristics of who may be telling the truth based on some SMS's and forensic iPhone discovery. However, I found much more than that. As it happens in this Family Law case, the mother had taken the child and as possession, as they say, is 9/10ths of the law it was up to the father (who had nothing wrong with him) to seek psychiatrist reports, counseling, visitation rights, initiate family law proceedings and go through an enormous amount of trauma to prove that there was nothing wrong with him to still potentially be on the losing side as he didn't have possession. An enormous amount of Affidavits were exchanged with the Family Court. Most Judges do not like to discuss perjury but I am a stickler for evidence and fact and I say it how it is; I did not intend on coming up with what I came up with. What I found was the last Affidavit of the mother, which was all allegations and no witnesses (and most allegations were in regards to forgery, rape, violence and no evidence other than her word as well as no police reports) and were very serious allegations. All of these accusations were of a man who seemed like a normal father, that due to this, limited him to three hours visitation, every three weeks to see his daughter of four months old with no notice. I do not take sides in cases however, I do take fact.
I, in my investigations, usually look at what comes to me rather than what the client asks as my first duty is to the court. In what I found by perusing through what we like to call "big brother" Google records is that a strange IP address appeared that had hacked into his Gmail account. However, what this person did not realise was that this IP address, once in Gmail is also recorded to have searched Google for methods of fabricating evidence in Family Law Courts against ex-husbands, planning methods of suicide and/or faking suicide and cutting brake wires of the same model car as my client. Subpoena evidence showed that the IP address that conducted these searches and hacked into my clients Gmail account, came from the credible doctor who had submitted over 40 Affidavits alleging the opposite to the Court of Law. It also shows that the searcher was looking for fake emailers and on the header of the emails that were submitted as evidence to the court, I note that the exact emailers that she was searching for sent those emails purporting to be somebody else. This is also a crime as we know it of impersonation. Needless to say, I stumbled on something quite large here. My advice to the client was to start talking closely with the other side.
My final words are that I can make a big difference to any case in relation to cyber intelligence. It is part of every case at the moment. Everybody uses their mobile phone, I can find out what they have done, what they have searched for, what their intentions are and what their personality really is. Everybody has a record that is usually uploaded to iCloud in the case of iPhones or the Cloud if they are using Android. Everybody uses some form of security-based email like Gmail or Hotmail that tracks you. There is always a record. I would advise everybody to test the evidence before accepting the inevitable because sometimes, on a simple technicality of fact at a very low cost, an entire case can be destroyed and these are where my successes lie. These are just two examples of some very successful cases. I am currently working on an enormous case which is very similar and involves an accused that is facing a jail term of at least seven years who, based on current evidence, did not do the crime and the withholding of that evidence seems to be an abuse of his rights. I always give counsel, lawyers or clients a free pre-investigation on any case to determine whether I can help to ensure that I can maintain my 100% success rate. I will only assist in cases that I know will produce an outcome.
You are an expert in litigation and cyber elements have unfortunately always existed but people have never realised how serious and how present they are in proceedings, now and in the past. Expert opinions and facts make a difference. Call me anytime on 0410 643 121 or visit www.evestigator.com.au and I'm happy to talk, anywhere in Australia. Simon Smith is a Cyber Forensics and Cyber Security Expert Private Investigator, Certified Ethical Hacker, Technologist and Computer Forensics Expert Witness. He has over 20 years+' computer programming experience and has appeared in vaeeeeerious news publications regarding smart phone technology and on Channel 7's Today Tonight in relation to Cyber bullying and recently the Today show on Channel 9, discussing credit card security. Simon has a strong persistence in finding a very fast and cost-effective approach to assist cases with evidence that can be detrimental to one side based on his extensive knowledge of programming. An example of this is just in knowing that he has prepared to stand behind somebody in support of two convictions from a legal services commissioner in a state of Australia, based on a technical inaccuracy on their part, they dropped all charges. Being a Nationally Accredited Mediator, although in the court room, Simon works for the court, ultimately his goals is to help produce an outcome that joins all the dots and perhaps resolve a situation in or out of court without compromising fact.
10 August 2016 - eVestigator® - "Only 3 days after releasing the blog entry entitled below, 'Cybergeddon is here - eVestigator® Simon Smith announces the inevitable', comes the news of the 'Website for Australian census 2016 attacked' by a DoS (Denial of Service) attack. The best way to define a Denial of Service attack is for an attacker who attempts to prevent proper and legitimate users from accessing the normal use of a website by overwhelming it with requests, data, sessions, etc."
"Ethical hackers (and those unethical ones) know the limits of TCP/IP connections that are allowed on various servers - and if not protected can cause a exhaustion of the resources of the server, by flooding it with fake connections. Such attacks stop real people from getting onto the server to do what it was intended to do. This is why Cybersecurity is so important."
"I myself have written my own Denial of Service and even Distributed Denial of Service detection and blocking software that others pay tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars for. It really is quite simple. People often test websites to see if they have the proper infrastructure in place to 'put up' with such an attack. If I was investigating this, the first thing I would do would look for traces of mini tests before the incident, and that is often the way you would catch the Cyber criminal."
"I have reported on this issue officially in 'The New Daily' magazine - and as I predicted in my earlier blog Australia just is not ready. This is not a different world to what it was 10 years ago. People have chosen to ignore the same crimes being adapted differently. My view is strong. WAKE UP AUSTRALIA!"
"The published article is here and below (credited).
"It's the most simple attack": How the ABS bungled the 2016 Census
The Australian Bureau of Statistics was unprepared for the "simple" and "obvious" cyber attack that apparently shut down the Census, an internet security expert has said.
On Tuesday evening, the Census website crashed thanks to repeated "Denial of Service" (DoS) attacks, according to the ABS. A DoS attack is designed to make a network unusable by flooding it with millions of fake users.
At 7:45pm - as millions of Australians went online to complete their Census - the ABS chose to shut down the system, for fear of further DoS attacks (see a timeline of the Census night drama below).
The site remained offline all Wednesday and an update posted at 9.15pm was pessimistic about its chances of getting up and running that day.
"We continue to work with Australian Signals Directorate and our providers to get our secure online Census form back up as soon as possible," the ABS said in a statement. "A further update will be provided tomorrow [Thursday]."
It's still unclear what caused the website failure.
Cyber experts have questioned whether a DoS attack caused the online Census to shut down.
Online security researcher Dr Mike Johnstone wrote in Computerworld that it was more likely the failure was caused by too many Australians logging on to do their Census at once, rather than a DoS attack.
He conceded it may have been possible that a combination of a DoS attack and the system buckling under the weight of traffic caused the website shutdown.
But Dr Johnstone concluded: "If it's probable the Census servers simply failed under the weight of their task, then that's the most likely explanation, rather than a deliberate DDoS attack".
Australian government 'cyber security novices'
Computer forensics expert and cyber intelligence investigator Simon Smith told The New Daily that the government's lack of preparation and expertise on cyber security was proved on Census night.
"Wake up Australia, 'Cybergeddon' is here," Mr Smith said. "Australia is probably one of the weakest places in the world (cyber security-wise).
"I'm very afraid to say that we are extremely crap at protecting ourselves. It's not as if the government really put much effort into security, is my first reaction to the Census crash.
"Denial of services attacks are the most obvious attacks, they happen every day."
The ABS and minister responsible for the Census, Michael McCormack, said the attack likely came from overseas.
By Wednesday afternoon, Mr McCormack appeared to have been the subject of hacking on his own website, as News Ltd political editor Samantha Maiden confirmed to Channel Ten's The Project.
'It was a successful attack, not a hack'
Special advisor to the PM on cyber security, Alistair MacGibbon, told Sky News he did not know if the attack intended to steal information, or just to make a point about the hackers' abilities.
"It was successful because the ABS made the decision to take the website offline, because they wanted to make sure the worst case scenario [loss of data] didn't occur," Mr MacGibbon said.
He said the government believed no sensitive data was stolen.
Mr MacGibbon continually referred to the DoS as an "attack", but not a "hack", even though earlier in the day Mr McCormack refused to use the word "attack".
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A second of inconvenience for a little extra security might just be worth the twinge of annoyance. There are Android apps available that automatically switch your Wi-Fi off once your leave the range of trusted networks, though I personally can handle swiping down the top menu and pressing the Wi-Fi icon myself so I haven't looked into these and prefer not to place control of my privacy into someone else's hands. For iOS apps are limited without jail-breaking your phone, though iOS 7 introduced a swipe menu with quick access to certain settings including Wi-Fi. I won't go into the technical steps of how to create a Wi-Fi monitoring system to track people as is used in some stores for marketing and research purposes but I will say it is a fairly straight forward process and needs a router or a single board computer like a Raspberry Pi with a Wi-Fi adapter. It is not just possible tracking that you should be wary of but also "free Wi-Fi" or open networks.
These networks tend to have little or no security. It gives potential attackers a way in and makes any information sent over them visible. It is why you should never log into your internet banking or secure account using McDonalds Wi-Fi, as an example. A faked or compromised access point to a network, is called a Rogue Access Point (Rogue AP). Using such a network, essentially sends any information you enter to the access point's creator giving them access to email, Facebook and whatever else you might access while online on an insecure network. It can be just to monitor or a backdoor into an otherwise secure system, even if it is a soft AP set up by an employee of a business with or without permission for easier mobile access to the business network to work off premises it behaves as a Rogue AP (Access Point).
'A phone is a phone but a smart phone is not just a phone,' says Simon Smith. 'it is fair to say that the majority of phone users these days are smart phone users' therefore this must be considered when discussing phone in general and this is what came up recently."
"With every iOS update consistently, and so it would seem intentionally, aspects of previous coding becomes obsolete, different or removed altogether forcing iOS programmers to update their apps or risk incompatibility with new devices and operating systems. Effectively limiting the usability and life of a smart phone."
"An example of this is the iOS 9 implemented an update which restricted access to insecure websites on older phones. Although this is great for developers like myself who already use an encrypted system internally, such encryption should be part of the operating system and such encryption is welcome. However, with little to no notice to developers such an implementation caused havoc to software and their developers. 'The life expectancy of a phone is three years, in a way. It would probably hold up in a court of law (misquoted as 'life') if something went out of warranty.' you can have a phone, but you’re not going to get the most advantage and functionality out of a smart phone as technology grows because the phone is only as good as the hardware and the software they allow you to use. And sometimes you can actually get more out of the phone with the software, but they don’t let you.”
"A phone is a phone and will last as long as the hardware does but the other functionalities of a smart phone decrease and become obsolete over a far shorter period of time."
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-Legal assistance, 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.
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
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 proprietary 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 profusely 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 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
-"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
Professional development is often maintained via world renowned Udemy, Cybrary platform and attending and the giving of speeches at conferences worldwide. 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.
Since then I built some of Australia's largest IT companies and educational institutes and gained recognition of my expertise both before, during and after my practical experience - calling from the golden principles of expertise from what you cannot learn at school - but what was embedded in me since 11 years old - first programming on an Amstrad CPC 464 64kb tape deck machine. I have seen the entire life cycle of today's computer systems file systems and further, from the perspective of the consumer birth of the internet and have shared this knowledge and lead teams of up to 50 people, developed major commercial applications, built 2 of Australia's largest training institutes, a Computer Implemented Software Patent, and am considered a master in programming principles and reverse ethical hacking. From understanding the roots of programming, something that is not taught these days, I understand client needs, and can understand the full dynamics of source code layers (as they have evolved), enabling me to have an investigative advantage in any matter relating to computer crime or computer related fraud.
I am especially useful in white collar crimes, cyber stalking, cyber harassment, and reverse IP tracing. Much of the API programming tools I have created over the years are used by millions of people all over the world by 'other programmers' as software plug-ins for Microsoft (IE/Spartan/Edge/Surface Pro/Windows Phone), Apple (iPhone/iPad/iTunes), VLC, Real One, and other major vendors. I have always been the programmer for programmers. I have been asked to give expert opinion in cases involving IP theft and high-tech crime requiring analysis code line by line and contracts involving disputes over source code theft and disputes, and I that is one of the reasons why I can attain forensic data that many cannot when it comes to situations where most people give up when they cannot get an IP address on a silver platter. I have succeeded in many cases, because there are many more ways to locate a person who wishes to remain anonymous who is damaging a reputation or company.
Memberships, Affiliations & Appointments...
Victoria Police Licensed Individual Private Investigator (PI) - Simon Joseph Smith
Nationally Accredited Mediator (NAM)
Commonwealth Appointed Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) and Assessor of Grad.Dip FDRP - Family Court Mediations
Victoria Society for Computers and Law (VSCL)
Information Systems Security Association, Inc (ISSA)
DEFCON® member and cyber intelligence supplier and contributor
International Association of Software Architects (IASA) - Member
Commonwealth Appointed Marriage Celebrant, Family Law Division - Attorney-General's Department
20 years+ industry experience as a Master Computer programmer covering all areas plus...
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Certified Forensic Hi-Tech Investigator (CFHI) - McAfee Institute - Expert Level
McAfee Institute Inc. provides certification of the Most Elite Computer and Mobile Forensic Investigators that are trained in advanced and state of the art methodologies designed to help identify, investigate and prosecute the most sophisticated types of computer crimes known to man. This Certification program focuses on enhancing skill sets as a "Hi-Tech Forensic Expert" which takes a blended learning approach of self-study, live interactions, and instructor led labs that will help you to learn how to conduct successful computer forensic investigations with powerful new concepts to prosecute the guilty. Taking over 25 years of hands-on experience of conducting forensic investigations, cyber-investigations from the private, public, and government sectors around the world and sharing insights into what contributes to success and failures. The CFHI Supports the National Cyber-Security Workforce Framework (Homeland Security). The National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework supports the nation's cybersecurity workforce development efforts. The National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework provides a simple, standardized way to define cybersecurity work across multiple sectors. The National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework provides detailed descriptions of types of cybersecurity work, the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for each area, and descriptions of common specialties.
Certified Cyber Investigative Expert (CCIE) - McAfee Institute - Expert Level
McAfee Institute Inc. provides certification in the areas of cyber investigations, law enforcement, loss prevention, fraud investigations, deception detection, and leadership. The McAfee Institute has partnered with the Dept of Homeland Securities National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) and is listed on their site as a provider of professional certifications in this space. The company was one of the 101 Chicago’s Best & Brightest companies to work for in 2014. On the list of Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies, McAfee Institute was ranked 34th overall – 1st in education and 1st in Illinois – in the year 2013 and was ranked 213th overall, 5th in education, and 10th in Illinois in the year 2014. Certified Cyber Investigations Expert's (CCIE's) are the industry’s Most Elite Cyber Investigators that are trained in advanced and state of the art methodologies to identify, investigate and resolve the most complex cyber crimes known to man. They are Simply the Best of the Best! Let me tell you about the program and how to earn your credential and board certification! This is an exciting online Professional Board Certification focused on enhancing your skill sets as a "Cyber Investigations Expert" which takes a blended learning approach of self-study, live interactions, and instructor lead investigative exercises that will help you to learn how to conduct successful cyber investigations with effective new concepts to prosecute the guilty. We are taking over 25 years of hands-on experience of conducting cyber-investigations from the private, public, and government sectors around the world and sharing with you, our insights into what contributes to success and failures. This program contains hundreds of hours of online video based training; online prep review quizzes to prepare you for the final exam, and, of course, the necessary study manuals as well to help you along the way. It does not matter if you are Law Enforcement, Loss Prevention, Fraud, Intelligence, Cyber Security, I.T Security or Private Investigation you will learn a ton of new concepts and investigative methodologies that you can apply immediately to your role and come out on top.
Certified e-Commerce Fraud Investigator (CEFI) - McAfee Institute - Expert Level
The CEFI® credential is tough and demanding. CEFI’s are skilled in eCommerce fraud investigation management, online fraud identification, auction & classified investigations, digital evidence collection, developing reports, prosecution and testimony to validate findings in a global environment. They are the very people that mentor you along the way. They have the skills in eCommerce Fraud Investigation Management, Online Fraud Identification, Auction & Classified Investigations, Digital Evidence Collection, Developing Reports, Prosecution and Testimony to Validate Findings. They are typically useful for Loss Prevention Professionals, Law Enforcement, Private Investigators, Human Resources Professionals, Intelligence Professionals and Financial Institute Fraud Investigators.
Certified Workplace Threat Specialist (CWTS) - McAfee Institute - Expert Level
A forensic certification covering the psychology and very real world of workplace violence, harassment, and behavioural issues from a law enforcement perspective. Comprensively covering Workplace Violence & Harassment, Program Design and Implementation, Prevention Program Design & Implementation, WPV Policy, Threat Assessment Plan, Workplace Violence Policy, Threat Assessment Program, Elements of an Effective Threat, Investigative Methodologies, How to Conduct WPV Investigations, Investigative Interviews, Investigative Methods, Interviewing Techniques, Organizational Objectives, Behavioral Analysis, Myths and Misconceptions, Human Lie Detectors, Introduction to Biases, Nonverbal Cues, Verbal Cues - A Look at the Verbal Cues of Liars, Verbal Cues, Theoretically Sound Approaches, Management and Response, Employment, Legal & Reporting, The Legal Obligations of Employers, State Laws for Workplace Violence, Law Enforcement Partnerships, Established Guidelines, Audit and Analysis, Legal Fundamentals, Legal Obligations and Duties, Research Your State Laws, Emergency Actions, Crisis Communication Plan.
Certified Social Media Intelligence Expert (CSMIE) - McAfee Institute - Expert Level
With over 65% of all U.S. adults actively using social media accounts as of October 2016, it's no surprise that law enforcement is leveraging popular social media platforms to collect valuable intelligence, conduct efficient investigations, and eliminate local as well as national security threats. Some individuals have gone down in history for confessing to their crimes on their social media profiles, while others have given away incriminating clues via Tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram images, and more. As the world continues to become more digitized and the Internet grows as a hub of activity, both legal and illegal, it's more important now than ever to be able to effectively utilize cyber intelligence and investigations to properly address our nation's threats and vulnerabilities. But for many loss prevention, law enforcement, private investigation, and other investigative professionals, social media isn't the goldmine of intelligence they had hoped it would be. For Investigation Professionals like You, the Demand for Cyber and Social Media Investigation Expertise Has Never Been Higher. The lack of proper training, skills, and knowledge can keep you stuck in a stagnant position permanently. Without the right training in social media platforms, mobile applications, chat tools, networking sites, and more, conducting quick and effective online investigations is nearly impossible!
Certified Cyber Threat Analyst (CCTA) - McAfee Institute - Expert Level
A Cyber Counterintelligence Analyst works at all levels of the federal government which include FBI, NSA, CIA, USS, DOD, and DEA. CCTA's also work at large multi-national corporations as well protecting organisatons from the theft of proprietary information, trade secrets, assets, merchandise, customer information and more. Those completing this certification will not only have the ability to track down cyber criminals and glean intelligence from the cyber landscape but they will also become known as an industry expert in conducting quick and effective cyber counterintelligence investigations.
Stanford University Cryptology Certification. Created by Professor Dan Boneh of Stanford University, Stanford have produced an extremely thorough online certification well respected by the industry. Cryptography is an indispensable tool for protecting information in computer systems. In this course you will learn the inner workings of cryptographic systems and how to correctly use them in real-world applications. The course heads straight into detailed mathematics of how two parties who have a shared secret key can communicate securely when a powerful adversary eavesdrops and tampers with traffic. We will examine many deployed protocols and analyze mistakes in existing systems. The second half of the course discusses public-key techniques that let two parties generate a shared secret key.
The Certification covers some of the following:
* Stream ciphers, cryptography, pseudo-randomness, encryption, secure encryption.
* Block Ciphers, more powerful forms of encryption, AES/3DES, using block ciphers to provide data integrity, build an encryption/decryption system using AES. * Message Integrity and classic constructions for MAC systems that are used to ensure data integrity, how to prevent modification of non-secret data, encryption confidentiality and integrity, authenticating large video files, hash chains.
* Authenticated encryption, encryption methods for confidentiality and integrity, search encrypted data, studying symmetric encryption, key management and public-key cryptography networking a ciphertext attack on a sample website.
* Basic key exchange, setting a secret key between two parties, consider protocols secure against eavesdropping, the main concepts of public key cryptography computational number theory and algorithms dating back to antiquity (Euclid) working up to Fermat, Euler, and Legendre. Also covering concepts from 20th century math and constructing several public key encryption systems.
* Public key encryption, deep learning on how to encrypt using a public key and decrypt using a secret key. Public key encryption used for key management in encrypted file systems, messaging systems, and devices.
* The two families of public key encryption systems, one based on trapdoor functions (RSA in particular) and the other based on the Diffie-Hellman protocol. Constructing systems that are secure against tampering, otherwise known as chosen ciphertext security (CCA security) and CCA secure public-key systems. Cryptographics mathematics for public-key advanced encryption techniques.
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology and Strategic Management
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology and Sustainability
Graduate Certificate in Digital Education
Graduate Diploma of Management (Learning)
Graduate Certificate of Management (Learning)
Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership
Graduate Diploma of Portfolio Management
Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution – Cth FDRP and NAM
Advanced Diploma of Government (Workplace inspection/Investigations/Fraud control)
Advanced Diploma of Integrated Risk Management
Diploma of Database Design and Development
Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Community Safety)
SANS Cyber Aces Certification
UNSW Global Pty. Ltd - Expert Witness Training Certificate
Diploma of Website Development
Certificate III in Investigative Services (Simon Smith is a Licenced Private Investigator)
Certificate IV in Government Investigations (Government Investigator)
Diploma of Government (Investigation)
Diploma of Security and Risk Management (Cyber Security Analyst)
Diploma of Court Operations
Diploma of Software Development
Diploma of Information Technology
Diploma of Information Technology Networking
Certificate IV in Mediation (Also a Nationally Accredited Mediator - LEADR Member)
Advanced Diploma of Marketing and Communication
Internationally recognised Diploma in Information Technology (Management) - Advanced Level Programming, Systems, Databases, Security, Machine Code, Viruses, Risk Mitigation
Advanced Diploma of Program Management
Advanced Diploma of Project Management
Diploma of Leadership and Management
Certificate IV in Security and Risk Management (VIC PI Electives)
Victoria University Bail Justice Training Course Certificate 2009
PD: Hacking Academy: Monitoring Transmitted Data
IT Security Academy (Associates IT Security Professionals. Certified experts (MCSE:MS, CISSP, CEH) have created courses from Beginner to Advanced level. They provide high quality materials to prepare you not only for passing certification exams, but teach you practical skills.) & The Hacking School (The Hacking School courses are prepared by people who are professionals in what they do. Authors of their courses are well known in the world of computer systems' security. They provide up-to-date knowledge on IT security and ethical hacking.)
Author of VET Accredited Course Material 'Dealing with Grief and Trauma'
PD: Social Media for Business
Comply with organisational requirements for protection and use of intellectual property
Contribute to intellectual property management
Develop and implement strategies for intellectual property management
Manage intellectual property to protect and grow business
Copyright Skill Set
Innovation Leadership Skill Set
Intellectual Property Strategic Management Skill Set
Patent Skill Set
Small Business Contracting Skill Set
Trade Mark Skill Set
Digital Applications Skill Set
Media Engagement Skill Set
Application Development Specialist Skill Set
Certified IT Network Enterprise, Security or Server Administrator Skill Set
Certified Security and Architect Specialist Skill Set
Certified Technician or Technology Specialist - Infrastructure Configuration Skill Set
Certified Technology Specialist - Graphical User Interfaces Skill Set
Certified Web Design Specialist Skill Set
Enterprise Server Virtualisation Specialist Skill Set
PD: Cyber bullying - as taught by Andres Saravia
Diploma of Counselling
PD: CCNA Security 2015 Video Boot Camp: CCP and More
PD: Investigator Ethics for the PI, Consumer and Client
Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management
PD: Maintaining Cyber Security
Certified iOS (Apple), Android (Google), Amazon, Windows and Mac App Developer
PD: BrainBench™ Certificate in 'Amazon Web Services (AWS)'
(A private research university in Stanford, California, and one of the world's most prestigious institutions, with the top position in numerous rankings and measures in the United States.)
Certified Android, iOS, Amazon Device App/Play-Store Developer
Andres Saravia (Andres earned a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Philosophy of Law, Data Protection mention at the University of Zaragoza, Spain with Magna Cum Laude. He has also completed the Course on Personal Data Protection by AECID and Communication Science Foundation and the Graduate Course of the School of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Law on "Updates of Information Law" Module I. Uruguay. Andres has specialized in Germany, Chile and Spain, in the areas of e-Government and Data Protection latter including in computer and cyber bullying crimes. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Information Law Uruguay).
Professor Robert Bunge (An information security educator for the past eight years. He is an active coach and organizer in the Cyber security Competition Federation, Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, National Cyber League, and Cyber Patriot.) & DeVry University ( a regionally accredited institution.) Rosa Augostino (An author, consultant and entrepreneur she has written extensively about the subjects of marketing and business-building. Her background includes advertising, marketing, business growth and customer growth.)
PD: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Jeffrey Lau (A data engineer who constructs operational reporting, dashboards, and other visualizations. He has experience with object oriented programming, scripting automation, digital VLSI, and infrastructure performance management. He has a B.S. Electrical Engineering.)
Advanced Diploma of Management
Dean A. Beers, CLI, CCDI (Dean began his investigative career in 1987. He is a Certified Legal Investigator and Certified Criminal Defense Investigator, and is a POST certified instructor, and experienced forensic autopsy assistant.) & Karen S. Beers, BSW, CCDI (Karen began her investigative career in 1996, also earning her Bachelor's in Social Work (Magna Cum Laude). She is also a Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI) and certified in Medico legal Death Investigations.)
PD: IP Addressing and Sub-netting
Sikandar Shaik, CCIE (RS/SP# 35012) (A senior technical instructor and network consultant. He has been training networking courses for more than 10 years. Sikandar Shaik has delivered instructor led trainings in several states in India as well as in abroad in countries like China, Kenya and UAE. He has also worked as a Freelance Cisco Certified Instructor globally for Corporate Major Clients.)
Advanced Diploma of Management
Diploma of Quality Auditing
PD: Cyber Criminals Want Your Information: Stop Them Cold
(Jeremy O'Connell ... He holds some industry certifications via CompTIA (A+, Net+, iNet+) and received training from Oracle University's OCP DBA program.)
PD: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing
(Jerry Banfield (Jerry has a Masters degree from the University of South Florida and is certified as a state law enforcement officer in South Carolina. He also has a Bachelors degree earned from the University of South Carolina. He teaches 38 courses on Udemy.) & Ermin Kreponic (Ermin is an IT expert, Linux enthusiast with a passion for troubleshooting network related problems. Advanced knowledge of Linux command line. Installation, configuration and maintenance of servers that run under Unix/Linux type. operating systems: DNS, TFTP, FTP, SSH, APACHE, SMTP, VSFTP and some others.)
Certified Apple Watch App-Store Developer
PD: Trademark Law for Entrepreneurs
Dana Robinson (A founding partner of TechLaw, LLP, where his practice focuses on trademark prosecution, trademark licensing, copyrights, and business transactions. Dana is adjunct professor of law at the University of San Diego School of law, where he is involved in the law school's new IP Law Clinic. Dana has taught a variety of seminars and moderated panels on intellectual property and technology law since 1999. Dana received his bachelor's degree from Life Pacific College and went to earn an M.A. at Azusa Pacific University and his J.D., from the University of San Diego School of Law. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the law school's faculty journal, the Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues. He is admitted to practice in Nevada and California, and before the Federal District Courts for the Central District of California, the Southern District of California, and the District of Nevada. Dana was the Co-chair of the first Nevada State Bar Committee on Intellectual Property (2002-2003). He is a member of the IP law section of the State Bar of California, and is a member of the San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association. Dana has spent 20 years+ as an active entrepreneur and investor and continues to advise his portfolio investments.)
PD: Authenticity on Twitter
Rebecca Clark (Training & Development professional anxious to nudge students in the areas of program management, entrepreneurship, accountability, and in pursuing their life goals.)
Diploma of Training Design and Development
Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
PD: Innovation and Technology in Accounting
PD: The Bitcoin Basics
PD: Draper University/Udemy platform (Silicon Valley's top entrepreneurship program for builders and innovators from around the world. Cutting-edge, hands on curriculum taught by the most successful entrepreneurs in the Valley. Learn how to launch a business in this unique start-up boot camp for entrepreneurs.)
Advanced Diploma of Marketing
PD: Mastering iPhone programming - Lite
EDUmobile Academy (Founder Vishal Lamba has a mathematics and computer science degree. Vishal works closely with content creators and teachers to ensure that every course released meets the internal rigorous quality standards.)
PD: Mastering Android programming - Lite
EDUmobile Academy (Founder Vishal Lamba has a mathematics and computer science degree. Vishal works closely with content creators and teachers to ensure that every course released meets the internal rigorous quality standards.)
PD: Social Entrepreneurship: An Introduction
Greg Werkheiser (Greg is a Social Entrepreneur, Leadership Educator and Attorney with over 20 years+ experience. He has held public service roles at the White House, U.S. Embassy in Paris, U.S. Information Agency, and Congressional Management Foundation.) & David J. Miller (David is the Director of Entrepreneurship at the Mason Center for Social Entrepreneurship (MCSE). Miller is also a supporting faculty member at George Mason University's School of Management (SOM) teaching New Venture Creation and a PhD Candidate at Mason's School of Public Policy working with Dr. Zoltan J. Acs. Miller holds an MBA from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business (Entrepreneurship, Finance, & Strategic Management), an MSc in the International Politics of Asia from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies and a BA in International Relations from the University of Michigan.)
PD: Decoding AP Computer Science A
Moksh Jawa (Though just a sophomore at Washington High School in Fremont, CA. He self-studied for and performed well on the AP Computer Science test as a freshman. He teaches AP Computer Science to students at his high school.)
PD: Professional Communication Essentials
Rasmussen College/Udemy platform (A regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation that is dedicated to changing lives through high-demand educational programs and public service.) & Brooks Doherty (Brooks is Rasmussen College's Dean of General Education. He is completing a doctorate in Education at St. Mary's University, earned an MA in literature from University College London, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Minnesota with degrees in Political Science and English.)
Diploma of Project Management
Advanced Diploma of Management (Human Resources)
Advanced Diploma of Event Management