Famed white-hat hacker Ankit Fadia talks to us about censorship, the proposed ban on social networks and more
Ankit Fadia has come to be known as the face of the Indian ethical hacking community. That his own website was recently hacked and sensitive information exposed has not diminished his popularity too much. He trains top cops in cybercrime at the National Police Academy in the City.
He runs various courses in different parts of the world on ethical hacking. Not to mention, that he is the author of 15 books, the latest being How to Unblock Everything on the Internet which he launched here on Tuesday.
Ankit admits it’s not easy. “Being an ethical hacker in India is a tough job. Most hackers operate underground, their activities are not in the public eye. They don’t like the fact that I do everything out in the open and am known for it. So they criticise me. But that’s okay,” says the self-assured 26-year-old.
The hacker is also a brilliant strategist. Prompted by Kapil Sabil’s comments in the media last year on the need for screening content on social networking sites, Ankit decided to pen his latest book. “I started writing How to Unblock Everything on the Internet on December 15, 2011 and 15 days later, by December 31, I was done.
The turnaround time was phenomenal. This book is topical and is sure to have a wide audience considering that educational institutions and offices keep blocking websites especially social networking sites. I intend to bring new editions out every quarter,” says Ankit.
Surprisingly, the computer security expert who is an advocate for freedom of speech was a proponent for SOPA. “I am against piracy. So yes, I supported SOPA,” admits Ankit who also believes that India must have a regulatory authority for the Internet. “In homogenous societies like Europe or Finland, you can be liberal.
But with so many diverse groups of people in India, we can’t afford to offend anybody. So there needs to be a regulatory authority that consists of youth, experts, government officials who have an understanding of technology who will work towards censoring offensive information on the Internet.”