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    Lightbulb An interview with Ankit Fadia

    Unethical activities land one in trouble right? Wrong! Not if you are Ankit Fadia, India’s first and youngest ethical hacker. At the age of 13, he hacked the website of his favourite magazine CHIP and instead of being handed over to the cops, he was offered a job by the editor of the magazine.

    “I was 13 then and I defaced the website and put up my photo on it. Later, I was worried about the consequences so I called up the editor and confessed to him. He took it well and offered me a job in his organisation. When I told him my age he said I could join them when I turn 18,” says Ankit.



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    ^thanks Ritesh for the link.....Ankit Fadia really a genius !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitinagarwal1988 View Post
    ^thanks Ritesh for the link.....Ankit Fadia really a genius !!
    Is he really?

    Ankit Fadia, India's uber hacking expert, appears to heavily promote Viagra, or been hacked by evil spammers that found a way to subtlety deface the web page.

    Errata: Ankit Fadia Site Hacked by Spammers

    If he can't secure his own homepage, what makes you think he can secure India from ISI infowar agents?

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    Quote Originally Posted by riteshtechie View Post
    Thank you for this posting and the links to the article of someone who seems to have a great career ahead of them and it does show that some hackers turn out good.
    As regard to the comment, by Bob his first here. That may be true but what were you doing at his age and there are always those who want to prove a point over another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seti View Post
    Thank you for this posting and the links to the article of someone who seems to have a great career ahead of them and it does show that some hackers turn out good.
    As regard to the comment, by Bob his first here. That may be true but what were you doing at his age and there are always those who want to prove a point over another.
    While acknowledging what he has achieved (I really do, even those kid bloggers who write shit, I appreciate their efforts) Ankit Fadia isn't respected in the tech circles here in India. And I hold respect above admiration by n00bs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    Is he really?

    Ankit Fadia, India's uber hacking expert, appears to heavily promote Viagra, or been hacked by evil spammers that found a way to subtlety deface the web page.

    Errata: Ankit Fadia Site Hacked by Spammers

    If he can't secure his own homepage, what makes you think he can secure India from ISI infowar agents?
    Well as much i know, books written by him about hacking are considered as bible books of hacking and even some of his books were totally banned from sales....he exposed lots of big Internet companies websites....

    Reliance Communications one the biggest telecom servie provider in India, he heads its online security team....

    I think who do all these types of work at his age are considered as genius ....
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    There seems to be a big difference of opinion here. I wonder if AndyK has a veiw, because I would be interested in that. From my reading of the comments from friends here whom I respect I am not sure what to make of him now.

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    From what little I know about Ankit Fadia, he has achieved a lot of success in a relatively young age. He has also authored books and is now a security consultant to several organizations. Now that is creditable !

    But he is not taken seriously by the Hackers community. Some consider him to be a creation of the media ... all hype! Folks say most of what he has written in his book/s is anyway available on the internet.

    Some also say he has taught people a very important thing: How to become famous without doing anything!

    While he is liked by the industry & media, his peers apparently despise him.

    This makes an interesting read:

    Ankit Fadia has been honored with numerous awards, including the IT Leader Award 2005 and the Indo-American Society Young Achiever Award 2005.

    As per his claims, in November 2001, Fadia was consulted by a classified intelligence agency for breaking an encrypted message which was believed to have been sent by one of Osama Bin Laden’s men. No evidence has ever been found to support this claim too. Many publications wrongly reported that Fadia is associated with FBI or CIA, however, he himself denied this.

    In 2006, questions were raised about authenticity of Fadia’s various claims at many discussion groups, forums, and mailing lists. This was triggered by a post titled “Ankit Fadia : The real picture”. His critics claim that he is overhyped and point out that he is that he has never developed any hacking technique, tool, or algorithm, and none of his tutorials or books had original content.

    Many experts in India have dismissed him as just another fad. Many reviewers at Amazon.com said that he had copied outdated hacking tutorials from the Internet and compiled them into a book.

    Ankit Fadia is listed on attrition.org’s Security Scene Errata: Charlatans webpage alongside individuals such as Steve Gibson and Carolyn Meinel. This page seeks to “point out a few cases of fakes walking among us”
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    Thank you Andy for your information I really appriciate it as I am sure that others here will do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitinagarwal1988 View Post
    Well as much i know, books written by him about hacking are considered as bible books of hacking and even some of his books were totally banned from sales....he exposed lots of big Internet companies websites....

    Reliance Communications one the biggest telecom servie provider in India, he heads its online security team....

    I think who do all these types of work at his age are considered as genius ....
    First off, to answer seti's question, when I was the same age as Ankit started, I had a little business that I ran with integrity, I could have made the fast buck, but I liked the idea of being able to sleep soundly at night over screwing over people.

    Now when it comes to his books, Ankit Fadia is really an excellent plagiarist, I could probably teach my young nephew how to take the U.S. National Security Agency Rainbow book series on PDF and make little changes and maybe little Rohit will be the media darling at 10 years old, Throw out all sorts of buzzword bingo words (Twitter, Facebook, Cricket, Cyberterrorism) at the clueless Indian media and pay for a bunch of press releases we'll be seeing Zaki Qureshey throwing Ankit under the bus and Rohit teaching at e2 Labs.

    As far as Ankit working at Reliance Communications leading their team, when I was working in U.S. and we knew there was some wet behind the ears former script-kiddie blue flame special turned security professional with another organization, we knew all the things that he did to test the security and there was plenty of things he missed that a professional black hat would have had a field day compromising the security there. Sure Ankit might know all the scripts that are publicly, the best security professionals build their own tools, scripts and software products. Ankit doesn't. Lets put it this way, you need a heart transplant, would you want the peer reviewed doctor who has been doing this for years doing the surgery, or the kid that cut and pasted Grey's Anatomy and sold e-book copies on the Internet?

    The sad thing is Ankit isn't selling security, he's selling snake oil, and all these businesses that don't really value computer security as real business expense will get burned because they put their money and faith into either Ankit Fadia doing the work personally or one of his AFCEH students and that site will get hacked because Ankit ran a bunch of scripts that the ankle biting black hats all run, and maybe ISI, the Chinese, or some criminal outfit might walk off with all the hard earned Indian intellectual property and sell it on the open market. This business owner won't trust anyone to secure their network, more than likely never open another site that requires the Internet to conduct business.

    Likewise, the I feel for thousands that have paid Ankit and Reliance to learn about 'Ethical hacking' when they could be spending that money getting an industry certification that they could use to get an H-1B visa in the U.S. or around the world. I have the power to hire in my organization, and I won't give a second look to anyone that has AFCEH on their resume.

    As per his claims, in November 2001, Fadia was consulted by a classified intelligence agency for breaking an encrypted message which was believed to have been sent by one of Osama Bin Laden’s men. No evidence has ever been found to support this claim too. Many publications wrongly reported that Fadia is associated with FBI or CIA, however, he himself denied this.

    Now this is a sticking point with a number of my American friends in the security community, Fadia is saying he denies this, yet here is an article from 2003.

    Hyderabad institute to train ethical hackers - SiliconIndia

    Fadia, who is a consultant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and several other organisations, felt that though India was one of the leading software powers, it lagged in computer security.

    This is in an article with his friend, and co-founder of e2 Labs Zaki Qureshey so how do you deny something that you claim you work with the FBI, the CBI and cracking cryptography the U.S. National Security Agency can't crack?

    In the United States, the military call their special operations personnel 'Quiet Professionals' since they don't feel the need to brag that they captured Saddam Hussein or parachuted from 30,000 feet up into Waziristan. But Ankit Fadia doesn't feel he needs to follow this code, likely because he's never worked with anyone from the FBI, the CBI or the NSA, but it sells classes and pays for press releases, that sells more snake oil classes.

    I can wax on more, but ponder that Ankit Fadia is teaching the Indian military how to secure their computers from Pakistani hackers and ISI, if Ankit is really worried about cyberterrorism, he would think twice about taking the money and eventually living in the U.S. because Pakistan also has nuclear weapons, and if it ever came down to that nuclear spitting match, how hard do you think it will be for the Pakistanis to turn off the power and command and control network here in India and nuke the Capital from piss poor security learned from cutting and pasting 10 year old security books?

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