In fact, before I started to write you this letter, I promised my colleagues these pages will be used to crucify and call your bluff before your 16th book on computer security hits the shelves a few months from now. These apologies come with the awareness that it will cost me friendships I have cultivated for years in the dark corridors of the internet where people like me lurk and are known to each other only by our nicknames. There used to be a time when I thought you a script kiddie, or a skiddie if you will. You know what comprises those types—plagiarists who pass off software programs developed by others as their own. But after an email interview and five hours of talking the other day, all I have to say is mea culpa.
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In fact, before I started to write you this letter, I promised my colleagues these pages will be used to crucify and call your bluff before your 16th book on computer security hits the shelves a few months from now.
These apologies come with the awareness that it will cost me friendships I have cultivated for years in the dark corridors of the internet where people like me lurk and are known to each other only by our nicknames. There used to be a time when I thought you a script kiddie, or a skiddie if you will. You know what comprises those types—plagiarists who pass off software programs developed by others as their own. But after an email interview and five hours of talking the other day, all I have to say is mea culpa.
That is why you assiduously go about building your personal brand, work longer hours than most people I know, and refuse to lurk in the shadows.
Instead, like you told me, you come out into the open, speak a language most people understand, and have even trademarked your name. I must concede you are an articulate speaker.
This, in spite of you admitting to me, you consider yourself just a decent hacker, not a good or excellent one. There are others, who by your admission are better at it than you. Because end of the day, you need to have money in your pocket to make a decent living for yourself and visit every country in the world before you die.
You pulled your passport and letters from various companies to prove your credentials. Who am I to question that? No police chief has ever called me to talk to their people on anything, but they lap up everything you say, and you have pictures and certificates to prove your claim. This story appears in the 08 March, issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from Magzter. To visit our Archives, click here. The article was well written because of the amount of research that the author has put in to call Ankit Fadia a bluff.
It also shows us how journalists should verify claims by people and not report things just because they are said by a particular person. Hello Mr. But I've heard him mentioned often in media.
I'm writing this comment just to let you know that this is one of the best piece of "tongue in cheek" writing I've come across.. My only grudge is That esteemed brand ambassador may not have the wherewithal to understand it for what it is..!! I use to watch his video 4 to 5 years ago and I had a respect for that guy because I was very much interested in hacking and I though he is a great hacker but after reading this the level of respect that I had for him increased, not because he is a Self-proclaimed Hacker but because of his tremendous brain.
But unfortunately nobody can return my time that I have wasted by watching his videos. Nice one read it this one to! Hey, guys. Do you want to know about our Dear Baba Ankit Fadia. Then please read this article. I will bet that you will not going to just like it but damn awesomly love it. Which give all truth about this guy. Read it.. I had bought a copy of his book in the year and to my surprise every single word of his book had been copied from then popular websites like astalavista, cult of the dead cow, global kOS, RedHack, etc.
Its a shame how we tend to make him a hero without even verifying a single thing he says. I also wasted money on his first book, but read beyond first page of each chapter. All those kiddie tricks were easily available on internet by Unfortunately in India someone could easy compile these things without giving any credit to original creators and sell them as their piece of work.
This is great article.. Ankit Fraudia is been there in the news but you dont find him in any security circles He has been bluffing everyone. In Hindi there is a saying that ' Naqal k liye bhi aqal chahiye'.. It means that you can only be successful as a cheat if you have the brains to pull it off. This guy is a ' feku' but he knows the art of making comprehensive fools of gullible tech-enthusiasts and a large tech-illiterate media.
Last but not least-- why grudge if he makes some money through his ' fekuism'. A certain Gentleman managed to occupy the highest post in the country by taking the art of ' fekuism' to a all new heights. God save my country. I have seen feku hacker in my neighborhood taking hacking classes at NIT Calicut. That made me question the average intellect of NIT ans and their miserable faculty. I am not much of an AF fan either. But guess what, Successful Brands often market themselves more effectively as compared to the smaller ones.
Thats where AF wins and We guys Loose. Thanks, Saurabh Kelkar. I m in full support of Ankit Fadia If u try to learn ethical hacking frm google or internet for free it is a lot boring time consuming and a hardwork but still he had the guts to study phir phokat me fame aur money mill raha hai to wo ullu hi kehlata agar chor deta!!!! Even the autograph is a Fake. I feel sick. The contents are outdated.
I traded my C primer for a fake Fadia book. I think the only thing one masters from this book is deception. Nothing ethical about it. A lie-monger who teaches to lie. And unsurprisingly, the media of the same litter as those Babas gives them undeserved Coverage.
Being a computer science student, I was taking much interest on AF. Transparency is increasing in this world.. People who try to perpetuate myths will struggle to keep their narratives afloat amid a sea of newly informed audiences This is just a beginning..
Yes, AF is a fraudster. Then CHIP also made money by teaching people how to change screensavers. At that era Writing a book on network security, that too at the age of 13 is a marvelous feat. Whether or not AF grew as a great hacker is a different question all together and though he may not be the best Indian hacker alive, still only a over-jealous person will denounce his achievements.
This guy even came to our college and told the same stuff about anonymizer. He sucks big time!!! Way to go! Fool more people, make more money. Business as usual. Sociopaths and psychopaths have quite an advantage over the rest of us who have to live with a conscience. Coz i want to learn about cyber security and apply my knowledge for the security of my country. It seems a case of plagarism Who can be such an expert in 2 or 3 years. Really seems impossible. I have the same kind of respect for him that I have for Arindham Chaudhari.
I admire their work but I despise them for it. They built their business by spreading misinformation and spinning lies and they ought to be punished for this. Sadly though, they have paved the way for many more like them and a tough path lies ahead for people who are trying to stop their kind.
Whoever thinks he is fraud just think about what the writer was doing when he was Think about what you were doing when fading was writing a book. He at least had the knowledge to write a book at the age of 14 when most of the commenters here and probably the writer might not even know what unix is when they were If you had the same knowledge of java, as you have today, 20 years ago you would have been a millionaire today.
Charles, I read your letter to Ankit Fadia. You are absolutely right. The contents are correct. May be ten years ago, I browsed a book written by Ankit Fadia. The title of the book had the word " But that was a rehash of the man pages of Unix. I saw nothing in the book on hacking. Consider, people tend to use the word "hacking" for "cracking". But, let us consider the computer dictionary meaning for hacking i. AF is a fraud. They just want to believe rumours like "Five year old boy wrote a new operating system.
Ankit Fadia: Everything official about him
His work mostly involves OS and networking based tips and tricks, proxy websites and making people think that he is a hacker. In this show Fadia gave tips on how to make good use of the Internet and answered people's technology-related questions. A number of his claims regarding his achievements have been disputed by others within the security industry, and he was mocked with a "Security Charlatan of the Year" award at DEF CON 20 in He has been accused of plagiarism in his work. At the age of 10, 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. He wrote more books on computer security, and spoke at several seminars across schools and colleges in India.
Ankit Fadia. Resume Brief Overview
When best friends — Rohan the maverick hacker, Hardik the simpleton and Mallika the college charmer — go to Goa, they only have fun and sun on their mind. But an innocent evening at the teen patti table in the El Dorado casino ship, swiftly turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse, when they wake up on the beach disoriented, with all their money gone and the dangerous Israeli mafia on their trail. Caught in an accelerating tempest of lies, deception and fraud, the three friends embark on a harrowing journey of revenge where a single mistake could cost them their lives. The bestselling author Ankit Fadia is a tech junkie who loves tinkering with computers, gadgets and everything tech. Widely recognized as a computer security expert, he has published 16 books, delivered more than talks in 25 countries, received several awards and trained more than 20, people in India and China. Fill up Invitation Form today!