Ankit Fadia

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Ankit Fadia
Ankit Fadia.jpg
Ankit Fadia at the launch of his new book
Born (1985-05-24) May 24, 1985 (age 29)[1][2]
Coimbatore, India
Occupation Author & Speaker
Language English
Nationality Indian
Education Bachelors in Management Science & Engineering [3]
Alma mater Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram
Stanford University
Genre Technology
Notable works FASTER: 100 Ways To Improve Your Digital life
SOCIAL: 50 Ways To Improve Your Professional Life
Website
www.ankitfadia.in

Ankit Fadia (born May 24,[2] 1985[1]) is an Indian Author who has written 16 books on various topics related to Cyber Security, Ethical Hacking and Technology.[4][5][6][7]

In 2008 he started a show on MTV India called What The Hack, which he co-hosted with VJ Jose. In this show Fadia gave tips on how to make good use of the Internet and answered people's technology related questions.[8] In 2013, Ankit Fadia started a YouTube show Geek On the Loose in collaboration with PING networks where he shared technology tips, tricks and apps to stretch the limits of technology. The show has got more than 750,000+ views on YouTube.[9]

Ankit Fadia recently signed a 3 book deal with Penguin India, out of which the first book FASTER: 100 Ways To Improve Your Digital life is claimed to have sold more than 40,000 copies.[4][10][11] Next Fadia expanded his expertise beyond computers and gizmos and wrote SOCIAL: 50 Ways To Improve Your Professional Life which contains tips, internet apps, and social advice on how to enhance your professional life.[12][13] Next year, Fadia plans to write a fiction novel, where the protagonist will be a young Ethical Hacker.[4]

Fadia came into limelight when he wrote Unofficial Guide to Ethical Hacking at the age of 15, and made several hacking claims, including working with intelligence agencies against terrorists. He has never offered any proof to verify these claims, which many believe to be false. Subsequently, he started offering computer security consulting services, wrote more books, and became a sought-after speaker in India. In 2007, he developed a certification program on computer security for corporations in alliance with Reliance World.[14]

Early life[edit]

Ankit Fadia grew up in Delhi and studied at Delhi Public School, R K Puram.[15] He later graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Management Science & Engineering.[3] At the age of 11, his parents gifted him a computer and he says he started taking an interest in Hacking after a year of playing video games when he read a newspaper article on the subject.[16][17] He soon started a website hackingtruths.box.sk where he wrote Hacking tutorials, which acquired many readers and encouraged him to write a book.[16] At the age of 15, his book on ethical hacking made him the youngest author to be published by Macmillan, India.[18][19][20] The book received favorable response in India, and made Fadia popular in the country and turned his hobby into a full time profession.[17] However, he was also accused of plagiarism.[21][22]

Career[edit]

After his first book came in the limelight, Fadia became sought-after among the corporate clients in India as well as on the conference speaking circuit. He wrote more books on computer security, and spoke at several seminars across schools and colleges in India.[23] In addition, he started providing his own computer security courses, including the "Ankit Fadia Certified Ethical Hacker" programme in alliance with Reliance World.[24]

In 2008, the IMT Ghaziabad Centre for Distance Learning signed an MoU with Fadia to organise its one-year Post-Graduate Diploma in Cyber Security.[25]

In 2009, Fadia stated that he was working in New York as an Internet security expert for "prestigious companies".[26] Fadia also endorsed the Flying Machine jeans brand of Arvind Mills.[27]

Fadia was dismissed as a fad by some security and cryptography enthusiasts, who attributed his success to the tech-illiterate media.[21][28] Fadia has dismissed the critics who question his credibility as an expert, saying "If I had been fake, my growth would have stopped 10 years ago".[29]

Hacking claims[edit]

In 2002, Fadia claimed that at the age of 17, he had defaced the website of an Indian magazine[18] Subsequently, he named the magazine as the Indian edition of CHIP magazine, and stated that the editor had offered him a job when informed about the defacement.[30] In 2012, the Forbes India executive editor Charles Assisi (who was editor of CHIP India at the time of the supposed incident), denied that such an incident ever took place after verifying with his predecessor and successor at the magazine as well.[31]

In a 2002 interview published on rediff.com, Ankit Fadia stated that at the age of 16, he foiled an attempt by the Kashmiri separatist hackers to deface an Indian website.[16] He stated he gathered information about the attackers, eavesdropped on their online chat using one of their identities, and then mailed the transcript to a US spy organisation that had hired him.[32] He did not divulge the name of the organization he worked for, citing security reasons.[18] The Pakistani hacker group Anti-India Crew (AIC) questioned Fadia's claims: along with WFD, the AIC hacked the Indian government website epfindia.gov.in, dedicating it to Fadia, mocking his capabilities.[33] AIC also announced that it would be defacing the website of the CBEC (www.cbec.gov.in) within the next two days, and challenged Fadia to prevent it by patching the vulnerability.[34]

In 2003, he claimed to have infiltrated a group of hackers and stated that the Pakistani intelligence agencies were paying "Westerners" to deface Indian websites with anti-India or pro-Pakistan content.[28]

Fadia's own website has been hacked multiple times.[21] In 2009, he blamed the defacement on a vulnerability in the servers of his webhost net4india. Independent security experts contested his claim, stating that the problem was a loophole in his own website's code.[35] In 2012, his website was defaced twice by hackers. In the first instance, the hackers rubbished his claims and stated that he was fooling people.[22][36] Another hacker compromised it in response to a challenge that was issued by Fadia on the Tech Toyz show on CNBC-TV18.[22][37][improper synthesis?]

Television and Web Shows[edit]

  • MTV What The Hack
Ankit Fadia & VJ Jose hosting MTV What The Hack.jpg

In October 2009 MTV India announced the launch of Fadia's new TV show on MTV called MTV What the Hack!, where Fadia gave tips on how to make good use of the Internet and answers people's questions.[8] Internet users could email their problems to MTV India and Fadia gave them a solution on the show.[38]

  • Unzipped By Dell

In 2012, Dell India partnered with Ankit Fadia to create a series of close to 50 videos, each of 1 minute duration to show simple tips and tricks on getting the most out of your PCs, laptops, mobile phones, tablets, etc. These videos were featured on the Dell India Facebook page with an average of one video per week. People also had the opportunity to ask their tech queries to Ankit Fadia on topics like photography, video making, music composing, navigation assistance, gaming, messaging and others.[39][40][41]

  • Geek On The Loose

In 2013, Ankit Fadia started a YouTube show Geek On the Loose in collaboration with PING networks where he shared technology tips, tricks and apps to stretch the limits of technology. The show gave out handy shortcuts and quickie tech lessons to those in need of a little technological-pick-me-up [42] and was based on situations mentioned in his book FASTER: 100 Ways To Improve Your Digital Life.[43] The show has got more than 750,000+ views on YouTube.[9]

  • Technology Shows

Ankit Fadia has appeared as a guest on various popular technology shows in India like Tech Toyz [44] and Tech Guru.[45]

Year Show Role Channel Notes
2009 MTV What the Hack! Co-Host MTV India Co-Host with VJ Jose [38]
2011 Tech Toyz Guest CNBC Hacking Special Episode[44]
2012 Tech Guru Guest CNBC Awaaz Security Special.[45]
2012 Unzipped By Dell Co-Host Dell India Facebook Online Show [39]
2013 Geek On The Loose Host YouTube Online Show [9]

Awards and Recognitions[edit]

  • IT Youth Award from the Singapore Computer Society (2005) [46]
  • One of eight people named MTV India's Youth Icon of the Year (2008)[47]
  • Global Ambassador for Cyber Security (National Telecom Awards 2011, Government of India)[48]
  • Global Shaper, World Economic Forum [49]
  • DEF CON 20 Security Charlatan of the year[50]

Fadia has himself sponsored Singapore Management University's Ankit Fadia Study Award, which consists of a $1,000 cash prize and certificate that is annually awarded to "an outstanding student" of the Information Security and Trust course under the Bachelor of Science (Information System Management) degree.[51]

Published Works[edit]

References[edit]

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