Cyber crime? Just hack it!
This autumn vacation learn hacking! It is easy to do that! And essential in the fight against cyber crime. The world's youngest author on Internet security, Ankit Fadia reveals it all to RANA A. SIDDIQUI... .
INITIALLY, IT was the forbidden element that attracted 17-year-old Ankit Fadia, the world's youngest author to write on computer hacking and security truths. `Unofficial Guide to Ethical Hacking', his first book that he wrote to fame two years back, "was not enough". Now he is out with another book on the subject, `Network Security: A Hacker's Perspective' published by Macmillan. The book has got him honour by `Limca Book of World's Records' in the form of one of the `Five People of the Year'. While the old book was billed as the best and most comprehensive book with an in-depth look at different hacking techniques, the second is "an advanced sequence to the first one," as the little master puts it. It talks of basic methods of knowing the IP addresses, scanning, information gathering, identifying the target system, various types of attacks, secure protocols, encryption algorithms and file security. It also finds the loopholes, exploits them and guides one to "commit crime to prevent crime."
Apparently, Ankit, a student of XII standard, Delhi Public School, is just an ordinary boy who loves Western music, plays computer games and substitutes pizzas and burgers for conventional food. But this soft-spoken lad, still untouched by name and fame, is unique within. At an age when most boys of his age dream of becoming Hritik Roshan or Sachin Tendulkar, Ankit dreams of owning a net security consultancy and become an agent of a foreign intelligence bureau.
Why foreign and not Indian? Because he has worked with many intelligence agencies in India and has come out "very disappointed". The reason? Their unprofessional attitude regarding learning computer proficiencies. They were not able to use his white paper for the lack of professionalism while the foreign intelligence did that very smartly. It puts him off.
To substantiate his claim Ankit recalls a conference on use of Internet in intelligence agencies in Delhi sometime back. "In the conference a police official asked the man on dais, `where will be the building of Internet?' That speaks much of the Internet awareness among our police officials," the boy rues.
Not quite discouraged, Ankit keeps giving security consultancies to IIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur and National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, Asia's largest hacking expert organisation and many other companies. He will soon fly to Kuala Lumpur to deliver a lecture on the same.
Ask him about cyber laws and he evades a direct reply. "Keep making cyber laws but unless Indian police is made computer expert, it won't be of any use. Have we been able to do anything despite knowing that many important Indian sites are being hacked everyday by Al-Qaida people living in US and UK? They are not Muslims but are Pakistan Government-sponsored," he claims.
So what is the solution? "Learn hacking. It is easy. Unless you know how to do that, how will you stop cyber crimes?" he says, straight-faced. To make many people aware of the same, he had been giving online tutorial free but has stopped a few months back for shortage of time. And he refuses to make his site www.ankitfadia.com a paid site that gets 100000 hits day because "it is mostly students who access my site.
They might not be able to afford," says a concerned Ankit.
Back to book, is it foolproof? "No! Criminals are always a step ahead," he reasons.
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