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    Ankit Fadia Torn Apart


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    The following is portion from Taufeeq Elahi’s upcoming book on hacking philosophy, its effects, portrayal and the subculture.

    Apart from media, printed press has played a very important role in the misportrayal of hacker subculture. There have been lots of book out by several authors who claim to know much about hackers. One of the greatest titles of our time is “An unofficial guide to Ethical Hacking” by Delhi native young lad, Ankit Fadia. I had both heard and read about him until I finally got hold of his book published by Macmillan. This book claimed quite a bit of green stuff as well as fame for him in the international market. As this book seems to be the representative of Ethical Hackers and how they work, and has been propagated throughout the world, leaving its marks on millions of minds, I would like to comment on it.

    The book starts with New York Times’ press release saying:

    Scared of hackers? Indian teenager offers help. (The New York Times)

    The New York Times questions the readers if they are scared of ‘hackers’ and that an Indian lad is there to offer help. New York Times seems to be confused about what actually a hacker is. If they knew the real meaning of a hacker, they would have never used the word ‘hacker’, instead they would use ‘cracker’. This is of course nothing new that the media and the press confusion two very distinct entities together.

    Ankit is a young computer genius who seems to be looking at the world of hacking with his own prospective. He seems to understand the difference between a hacker and a cracker in the opening of his book, and also seems to know that the media never portrays a ‘hacker’ in the right way. He understands that the media is responsible for the exploitation of real hackers.

    Here is the definition of hacker by Ankit Fadia.

    “…by using their knowledge in a constructive manner they help organizations to secure documents and company secrets, help the government to protect national documents of strategic importance…”

    For him, it seems that hackers are kind of people ‘employed’ by big corporations and then use their knowledge about computers to save important information on critical server machines, and especially ‘company secrets’ as he calls it. Where as in reality, hackers break open the secrets and codes of corporations that they use to confine information and truth, the trade secrets by which they exploit the end users. But our Indian lad seems to have an idea that hackers are CEO’s bodyguards. Hacker community has never supported any big corporations like Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo!, Google and even hardware manufacturers like AT&T and Cisco that deliberately turn data, filter information, spy on your systems and breach your privacy.

    Fadia bitterly fails to realize the actual status of a true hacker.

    For me, I consider him as yet another security guru. A person with adequate knowledge of digital systems. He’s just like a person who has done a computer security certification …say a Cisco Certified Security Professional. He is a person fighting against computer crime, and working for the mainstream society. This is indicated by his statement that :

    “A cracker gains popularity only amongst a small part of the population that is the underground world. An ethical hacker, however gains popularity amongst a large section of society, and believe me, a hacker who is popular among the normal people is also envied and respected by crackers.”

    He seems to be delighted by the fame and respect he is getting from the mainstream society, and for the most of all, he mentions ‘normal people’ in the above text. This means that he considers all others involved in the computer underworld as abnormal people. Here my concern or point is not to prove who is normal and who is abnormal, but the point that he thinks that an ethical hacker exists in ‘normal’ people… that is the mainstream society.

    He seems to be inspired by people who have spent 18 hours a day in front of their computer screens and amassed billions. He writes:

    “…let me give you a living example which will surely point you in the right direction and help you choose between a cracker and a hacker.”

    And then continues to admire Bill Gates who he thinks was a true hacker when he young. Then he continues :

    “However, they were wise and are today in a position which most of us dream to be in.”

    Well, again it seems that he loves the knowledge of computers because it can buy you a CEO’s chair, fame and a few billion dollars. For me this is a horrible description of ‘hacker’ or their code of conduct. I, till this day have never heard or read anything like this in any of hacker related books or in a hackers code of conduct – that too for an “Ethical Hacker”, as he names his book after that.

    He insists that :

    “…I assure you, you will definitely become famous and would probably be sitting on a pot of gold.”

    Hackers would never spoil their mind and eyesight in front of a computer screen if it was just about money and fame. Doing any business can get you more money then writing a lousy assembly code. His hero seems to be Bill Gate for he is a rich man today and seems to be less concerned with the buggy operation systems Microsoft releases in the market. Surprisingly, he himself says that :

    “…you know why a hacker running windows is considered to be lame and why a hacker laughs whenever someone says Microsoft and security in the same sentence.”

    Microsoft did no good to the computer industry, except providing a better graphical user interface that was easy to use. He himself declares that Microsoft and its operating systems are sick and lame, but throughout his book, he continues to present screen shots of the same buggy operating system, and on the last page he proudly displays his “Most valuable Professional” certificate by Microsoft that writes ‘Microsoft’ and ‘Security’ in the same line!

    I do not see the basic concepts of “Ethical Hacking” anywhere in his work. There is not a single line that would talk about free-and-open information. Hacking, and its all concepts are about free and open information, freedom to change, modify, and release. The concept that information should be total, unedited, unmodified for any personal benefit, and that it should be available to all and for free. But I do not see anything of this sort anywhere in his work on ‘ethical hacking’. The following sentence creates the base line for he hacker-subculture.

    "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin

    He does not in any way understand that hacking is NOT a few techniques that he presents in his book but a tradition, and a full-fledged sub-culture. That has its own code of conduct, rules, and norms. He is a lad with computer knowledge working in the head office of Symantec Corporation and talks about a completely different world. A world in which he has never lived and never felt.

    It is like a person who has never been out of his hometown as talks about the surface of mars and speculates great things about it. Respected newspapers like the Times of India call him the “Ethical Hacker”, without knowing anything about this subject and Mr.Fadia also seems to accept it with a big smile. If he is a hacker then any computer security professional can come forward and call himself the savior of the world and an ethical hacker because he can block a few ports on a Cisco router.

    At 18, Ankit Fadia is not just a super hacker but also a respected expert. (Indian Express)

    Everyone including I appreciate that he knows a lot about computers at a young age, but there is a world of genius people out there. According to the hacker ethics, age does not matter, as this fact is supported by the stats that I have provided in my work about the average ages of the members of the sub-culture. It clearly indicates that most of the members are young boys, so age really does not impress me at all. The only difference that I see is a person making his appearance from the mainstream society with the help of India’s biggest publisher.

    “Hacking his way to fame”, its what Times of India writes.

    In an other place he writes that :

    “If this is not done soon then the crackers will get way ahead in the security race.”

    He does not even understand that elements working against security are always one step ahead of the security systems and that’s why all security companies exist today.

    Now moving towards the contents of the book. The book does not tell you what “Ethical Hacking” is, but tells you the basic construct of operating systems, protocols and other basic stuff.

    He writes:

    “…security is a very dynamic field, with new loopholes, attacks and techniques being discovered every single day. This makes it very important for us to keep abreast with the latest development in the world of ethical hacking. Keeping this in mind, I decided to update this book to include the latest tools, techniques and methods.”

    Definitely, he is right and if he continues to update his book, he will be releasing new editions of it every week. There is actually no point in the whole content of the book. Tips and techniques is something that quickly gets outdated. I do not see any big problem in connecting to the astalavista network on the Internet and finding new tools, exploits and techniques about everything you need. That too that has been released that very day. Instead Mr.Fadia presents his Tips and Tricks on “Windoze 95” and “Windoze 98”. Computer exploits become almost useless in a few days after their release, and he on the other hand presents facts that were good 12 years ago!

    His best seller starts with telling the reader how to remove computer lithium battery from the CPU to get rid of your BIOS password. Under the title of “Windows Hacking” he tells us the ways to change the startup logo that reads as “Windows 95 is starting”. Then he tells us how to go to options in the Internet explorer and clear the history. Finally he tells us how to name your start button Ankit instead of Start, a few more tweaks in windows, changes to desktop settings, screen savers and all the useless items windows has to offer. In this chapter on “Windows Hacking” one practically learns how to make this funny operating system even funnier. I do not see how changing your screen saver settings can make you an “Ethical Hacker”.

    In the next chapters he introduces telnet, IP, ports, sockets, ping, ftp, port 80, port scanner and ways to remove banners from geocities free hosting! To make the volume fatter, he includes codes in Pearl, C++ and Java on scores of pages. I do not see any reason why a person should type a 50-page code again with his keyboard when everything you need in whatever language you want is available on websites like planetsourcecode.com that ranges from DB softwares to viruses. One can even download a free copy of Mark Ludwig’s book “A little black book of computer viruses” that contains hundreds of examples of virus codes, their concepts, development and deployment. It is therefore not amazing that he has written a 600-page book because more than half of it is other people’s C++ and Java codes. Hackers think that the wheel must not be reinvented but he does not seem to agree. He gives you the code for a port scanner, as if no good port scanner was available on the Internet.

    I have no idea how agencies like digit can give such comments:

    This book is aimed at providing you all the info you even wanted about hacking and how hackers work, but didn’t know where to look. The book looks at topics such as Hacking Windows, Cracking Passwords, Hacking Concepts and a whole lot more. (Digit)

    And then Fabmart writing :

    Whao ! This book is a 610 page encyclopedia of information on computer security. (Fabmart)

    I, being a person who hardly remembers the last time I booted my system on Windoze see the contents as total bogus. In the beginning of my book, I wrote that ‘I will not teach you how to hack, but how to be ac hacker’. Where as this Stanford Business Management student seems to promote the idea that “Its important to hack than to be a hacker”.

    If you think you can become a ‘hacker’ by reading a book full of tips and techniques, its just fine. But believe me, you will be like a person who knows how to do 2+2, and calls himself a mathematician! Or maybe an “Ethical Mathematician”!!!

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    Taufeeq: I don't see the point in your taking an effort to tear apart someone who really isn't worth anything. Every one who knows a thing or two about security doesn't give a **** about him. If you want to show people the real concept of hacking, do it in the same clean and solid way Jon Erickson did in "Hacking:The Art Of Exploitation".

    Nihil: I don't think Taufeeq will have to worry about the legal issues concerning this.... Taufeeq is from Pakistan and Ankit from India !! ... these countries have fought three wars in 50 years ! .

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    Did someone said Pizza :) FanacooL's Avatar
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    Hey hey!!! Where is this discussion going? War do i Hear that? Greetings Taufeeq! What you are trying to comment here..........You are earning more than 500 USD a month due to a flaw! Quite a strange thing to know, can you share it a little bit, I love to hear that !
    One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man!

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    Did someone said Pizza :) FanacooL's Avatar
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    Man how many genious people you have encounter in your life, do you know any single one in our country......... No ............ Does that mean people here are dumb or simply you find crackers here..........

    The only reason I am saying this all is, the world is full of such people and its Just there media that gave him this FAME, take the example of Cricket, any player who plays a good inning once is treated as there Hero no matter how dumb he play for the rest of session.

    Think out of Box buddy and you will realize the Truth! But if you dont want to understand and face the truth thats something different.
    One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man!

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    Hot Note: This article is posted by Kalpesh Sharma for Public Interest and National Interest, so that every concerned person can be aware and alert from 'Ankit Fadia'.

    Directly, coming to point I am in touch with you for a matter which is the first part of the protest against Ankit Fadia. I am writing on this forum in current article about truths and facts behind Ankit Fadia who is a self claimed ethical hacker. He has hacked many of my national citizens, media, publishers, even many across the globe. I need your valuable support and co-operation in this matter, so that we can save the citizens of our nation and other nations also. Along with media peoples, publishers, government and non-government sectors as well as inform CBI, CIA and FBI that how this person is misusing every honorable names by false comparisons and attachments with them. And the biggest exclusive and breaking news is that world's biggest encyclopedia wikipedia's two indian administrators are behaving as if they are ankit fadia's relatives or near - dear ones. A very hot comment is going on between a wikipedia administrator and me on wikipedia articles mentioned on below pages where this reputed and notable ankit fadia is using a very bad language. This is evidence for us and all emails about his comments are saved in my inbox. These nominated indian administrators of wikipedia are also equally responsible for spoiling wikipedia reputation. Whereas I am trying to save the wikipedia and all others mentioned here in this matter.

    Other then evidence that below links are referred to. I have some hard copies too which I recieved from various sources. These are also very important evidence against him. He has earned crores of rupees in last 7 - 8 years from these activities from indian citizens and threating the country peoples. He is not limited to India, instead hacked several national citizens across globe. Now he has started a course which runs in every reliance web world. I don't know whether it's tie-up with reliance or he is just using reliance services on a payment term. But he has started hacking courses also. Name of the course is AFCEH, as most of you know. So, in short similarly there are several 100's of points which all can be included together which proves that Ankit Fadia is an Ethical Hacker who is unethically hacking my nation's citizen ethics(you, me, everyone). One thing you remember that this will be the first time ever across globe any one is showing the real face behind ankit fadia. This is first part, kindly wait for my second part on the same forum.

    He has spoiled prestigious names by falsely misguiding them. Some of them are:

    1) Stanford University
    2) President of India
    3) Amazon
    4) Wikipedia
    5) Rediff.com
    6) Similarly many other media agencies by giving them incorrect information that he is digital intelligence personnel.

    In short, you are also part of public and I am trying to do something for you. So Kindly please follow as much as you can from the below links below and give your suggestion and opinion on them:

    My Forums:


    My Blog Sites:

    My Protest Website against Ankit Fadia:

    Googled Reference Sources:

    1. http://www.go4expert.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2224

    2. http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...em.html?page=3

    3. http://www.himtimes.com/full_news.ph...359894&archive

    4. http://knowyourbroker.blogspot.com/2...-heats-up.html

    5. http://www.traderji.com/general-chit...h-indiatv.html

    6. http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Inte...-106678-1.html

    7. http://www.googlecommunity.com/forum...ad.php?t=14150

    8. May also search keyword 'Kalpesh Sharma' in google to know more references.

    Indian Language - The part of poetry I sent as gift to President of India)

    Source for Complete Poetry: http://www.esnips.com/doc/60a8501b-4...4-e11b478aca44
    Kuch Karke Mujhe Dikhana Hain,

    Bharat Ko Aage Lana Hain,

    Badhayen Jo Koi Bhi Aaye, (Here Ankit Fadia is 'Badha' for National Citizens)

    Un Sabko Mujhe Mitana Hain,

    Ae Bharat Ke Rehne Walo,

    Tumko Bhi Saath Nibhana Hain,

    Bum Chahai Ho Bandook Samne,

    Taan Ke Seena Kehna Hain,

    Kuch Karke Mujhe Dikhana Hain,

    Bharat Ko Aage Lana Hain.

    In short, you are a part of public and I am trying to do something for you. So Kindly please follow as much as you can from the below links below and give your suggestion and opinion on them. Also further continue forwarding this mail to as many as you can for creating a global chain:

    Thanking you with hope of early reply,


    Kalpesh Sharma
    Information Security Expert.
    Ahmedabad, India.
    Personal Page: http://www.geocities.com/shubhlabh33333/
    Website: http://www.esnips.com/web/shriganesh33sBusinessFiles
    Last edited by shriganesh; December 22nd, 2006 at 12:07 PM.

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    So if i say that Ankit Fadia now has a course for which he charges 6000 INR ( 134.33 USD or 101.76 EUR ) for 11 hours of classes of which 9 hours is web based (RECORDED)... He plans to teach EVERYTHING FROM :


    In just 11+3 hours.. Would that make me a haxxdor too ( in just 13 hours)..

    so lets see this ... for what almost everyone of us has spent lots of money.. but more importantly LOTS AND LOTS OF TIME.. He plans to teach all of it and MORE in just 13 hours..

    Now thats what I call.. an ASS****

    ** SIGH **
    Last edited by ByTeWrangler; December 22nd, 2006 at 02:38 PM.
    Parth Maniar,

    *Thank you GOD*

    Greater the Difficulty, SWEETER the Victory.

    Believe in yourself.

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    You all are going to love this..

    1. Learn and interact with one of the most respected authorities on computer security in the world.
    2. Benefit from Ankit Fadia’s invaluable experience of working on International Cyber crimes with classified intelligence and investigation agencies.
    3. Receive an unparalleled education on the art of computer security with personal one-on-one attention from Ankit Fadia.
    4. Become an ANKIT FADIA CERTIFIED ETHICAL HACKER—a certification program recognized in the security industry the world over.
    5. Improve your job prospects and get an edge over your colleagues.
    6. PowerPoint Presentation, Live Demos, Interactive Question & Answer sessions and comprehensive reading material.
    7. The demand for Computer Security professionals is rising at a tremendously high rate the world over. According to a recent NASSCOM report on Information Security(IS) Manpower Demand Estimation—

    people who fall for a computer course after such pis* poor marketing deserve to be fooled..


    PS : this is a quote from his site :

    "If your answer to any of the above questions is a yes, then you have come to the RIGHT PLACE! To catch a criminal, even YOU have to start thinking like a criminal."

    Parth Maniar,

    *Thank you GOD*

    Greater the Difficulty, SWEETER the Victory.

    Believe in yourself.

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    The last thing the world needs is a 200 page definition of a hacker. That can be answered in one sentence.

    As for Ankit, the second he ripped off the happy hacker site early on in his "career" and called the material his own, it was all over for me.

    He earns the fraud stamp.

    Our scars have the power to remind us that our past was real. -- Hannibal Lecter.
    Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. -- John Wooden

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    It seems to me that you are really mad about this guy called Ankit Fadia. But what I don't understand is: that you wrote a "book" to defame him and to point out the real definition of the term Hacker and Cracker. Or may be I am wrong your book contains a lot more information than just defaming the already infamous Ankit Fadia and the definitions !


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    Every newbie who comes along start smashing him. I say just leave him and carry on. Everyone knows the truth about him, or learns it along his path to the glory. For media there are other reasons to keep him in limelight.

    There is no point in shouting it aloud. You are damm wasting you time. Move along and leave him behind.

    Do you think media will stop hailing fadia by reading articles by you or for that matter anyone else with scary titles like "Ankit Fadia - A Dirt in Nation". No thye will not. Media is sufficently educated to know how deep his roots are. The problem is that the community who can really understand the truth is very small compared the to community which doesnot. Media is targetting the other community and selling him to masses to grind their own axes.

    And if you know the indian security scene well, then you will realize there are more scary faces around than him. One of the prominent guy, in a security seminar, used pwdump2 and told dammm every one that the hash he extracted was actually the pasword, and to create more hype he said that see these long complex passwords can be retrieved in seconds. And FYI he runs a prominent security consulancy.

    Security is a money spinner these days. Everyone with/without the required skills is using it for earning big bucks.

    Dude, instead of spending time on writing articles against ankit fadia, write a good fuzzer, reverse engineer an malware, write a koool tool for linux, start following tavis ormandy, etc etc.

    There are better things to life then ankit fadia. Best wished for your journey to the glory.
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