Ted has been a digital forensics investigator at HM Revenue & Customs, Fraud Investigation Service, Digital Forensics Group since July 2002. In 2018, he was appointed as Research & Development Lead for the unit, looking into problems not addressed by mainstream forensic tools, and, where possible, creating bespoke applications to address these which are sometimes made available beyond the department, either publicly, or to law enforcement.
He has been interested in computers since he was a teenager when he used to fiddle about with an old IBM 8086 and MSDOS 5. He joined the Civil Service in 1998 having graduated from university with a BS(c) (Hons) degree. In 2010 he completed an MS(c) in Forensic Computing at Cranfield University, Shrivenham, UK. His final year thesis was a study of eCryptfs – the enterprise level cryptographic filesystem for Linux – and its implementation into Ubuntu GNU/Linux 8.10 and 9.04.
He joined the F3 Committee in 2005 and designed and built the various F3 web sites since then.
He is an enthusiastic supporter of open-source operating systems and software applications. He develops and supports several such software projects, as well as developing some ‘law enforcement only’ programs. Since 2011 he has developed and maintained a cross-platform and open-source data hashing tool used by private, public, and military sections worldwide. He also makes some other more specific utilities, including X-Tensions for X-Ways Forensics. For a bit of fun, he also created an open-source disk imaging tool called YAFFI (https://github.com/tedsmith/yaffi).
He has spent considerable time researching RAM based artifacts and has some “unusual interests” in that area that are typically reserved for LE eyes only.
He writes an online learning platform that includes short videos and textual narratives that demonstrate the functionality of X-Ways Forensics called ‘X-Ways Clips’ (www.xwaysclips.co.uk). He is also a keen photographer utilising medium format film Hasselblad cameras and Carl Zeiss lenses.