Demolishing Ankit Fadia v 0.01

We all know who Ankit Fadia is. He is self proclaimed child prodigy in ‘hacking’ , a self proclaimed ‘world famous’ expert is computer security and  digital intelligence consultant (digital intelligence? Does he mean AI. I never heard this term getting used anywhere in print other than by Mr. Fadia though I agree its a perfectly meaningful amalgamation of the two official sounding words ‘digital’ and ‘intelligence’) .

However that picture of Ankit Fadia is very likely untrue and let me present a few findings so that you can decide for yourself. Please understand that the findings are either my own of collected from various websites. Wherever I have gathered info from any site, I shall mention the link so that you can find out. The information provided here is true to the best of my knowledge (and googling skills). And I request you to point out if I am wrong. The views expressed are my own and issues in public interest. I shall be constantly updating the information on this post as and when I gather more information on Mr. Fadia. Hence the v 0.0.1 at the end of the title. :)

So lets begin with his profile on http://www.hackingmobilephones.com/courses/about.php . I will highlight the interesting parts in blockquotes and add my view and/or proof below.

1.His profile on http://www.hackingmobilephones.com/courses/about.php

a.Milestones in Ankit Fadia’s Life
AGE 14 Published his first book titled The Unofficial Guide to Ethical Hacking which became an instant bestseller worldwide, sold 500 000 copies and was translated into 11 languages.

My opinion: Have you read that book? Here are the reasons why the book sucks

  • Most of the so-called hacks are in Windows (98). Show me one hacker/cracker who uses Windows. If you ain’t using Unix/Linux/Solaris you ain’t no hacker mate. Why? Coz Windows hasn’t got half the tools and features that one requires to do a successful system penetration. For a deeper understand read a book on the Hacking Exposed series.
  • Registry hacks and tweeks are passed off as hacking
  • At many places credit has not been given to the person who found the exploit. For that matter, most of the exploits were very very outdated by the time the book published. Even in his Certified Hacking Courses by Reliance, he shows exploits which have been patched several years ago and are therefore useless
  • Many of the exploit code given in his book have errors and some very obvious ones. :p

b.AGE 16 After the Sept. 11 th attacks, cracked an encrypted email sent by the Al-Qaeda terrorist network for a classified intelligence agency.

  • Again only Ankit Fadia says he has done that. No other sources including any intelligence agency has corroborated the statement.
  • Most intelligence agencies like NSA have expert cryptanalyst with PhDs and super fast clusters to get their job done. They wont require a 16 year old. Cryptanalysis is a serious job. Just read Applied Cryptography by Bruce Schneir or Introduction to Cryptography by Tanenbaum to get an idea how challenging it is. It would be like putting the control of India’s Moon Mission in the hands of a monkey instead of ISRO’s Madhavan Nair.

c. AGE 21 Widely recognized as an Ethical Hacker, Computer Security Expert and Cyber Terrorism guru. Written 13 bestselling books, delivered more than 1000 seminars in 25 countries, received 45 awards, provide certification courses on Computer Security, is writing a script for a movie, runs his own consulting company and is a senior at Stanford University.

  • Best selling books? By whose standards? I don’t find him anywhere inNew York Times, Book Sense, USA Today, Publisher’s Today. A sales figure of 3 million as he proclaims is nearly a third of what Mein-Kampf or Catch 22 reached  and his books did that in a fraction of the time. Sounds shaky, doesn’t it? Does to me
  • Most of his books have been published in India only. Other than The Unofficial Guide to Ethical Hacking, Network Security: A Hacker’s Perspective, Hacking Mobile Phones,Email Hacking, Windows Hacking most of his books are hard to come by. Also Windows hacking is nothing but a compendium of  Registry Hacks readily available from the Internet. Do read the comments on his books at amazon.com and you will get a clearer picture.
  • Almost all the content in his book are copy-paste work from the Internet, that would even put the laziest Computer Science student to shame.
  • The best I can say about Mr. Fadia is that he is a very good salesman because time and again he has convinced his publisher to publish his books. Thats no mean feat considering the shit that he peddles as ‘hacking’.
  • Its been mentioned time and again that he runs his own consulting company but I have never come across the name of the said company.

2. Again, as per http://www.hackingmobilephones.com/courses/about.php his clientèle includes Google, Citibank, Shell, Volvo, Thai Airways, UOB Bank, PT Cisco Systems, Bank of Thailand, Bangkok Public Bank, Amari Hotels, BlueScope Steel, Jumeirah International, Wipro, Singapore Health Promotion Board, Infosys, Satyam, Schering Ltd.

My opinion: This list seems too good to be true. It exceeds clientèle of various well know security consulting firms. Again, none of the above mentioned organizations have corroborated Fadia’s claims.

3. Widely celebrated in international media publications, Fadia is also regularly invited by BBC Radio World News, London to share the latest updates on virus outbreaks, loopholes and cyber crime trends.

My finding: I searched the BBC site to find one reference to him being on the said show. Guess what I found? Nothing. Nadda. Zilch. ;-) So if anyone can give me the link to any of his interviews on BBC, I will agree. Until then, let it hang in balance.

4. For his outstanding contributions in the field of computer security globally, Fadia has been honored with numerous awards namely: Indo-American Society Young Achiever Award 2005, IT Leader Award 2005, Person of The Year 2002, Limca Book of Records, Hall of Fame Award, Outstanding Young Achiever’s Award, Silicon India Person of the Week, Embassy State Award, Best Speaker Award (4 occasions), Student of the Year 2002-03 and many more.

My findings on his awards:

  • Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award: A search on https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/communities/mvp.aspx?name=ankit+fadia yields nothing about Mr Ankit Fadia
  • Indo-American Society Young Achievers Award: The award exists but nowhere is it mentioned that he received it ever.
  • CNBC Young Turk : I have not been able to verify this. Tough it is probable he did come on the show.
  • Person of the Year India 2002, Limca book of records: Again a search on the site yields nothing about any Ankit Fadia
  • Gold Medal 2003 from Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies, Singapore: I could not find anything on it. So its neither proved nor disproved.
  • Asian American Outstanding Achievement Award Nominee at Stanford University: Again he claims to be a nominee which cannot be proved unless I contact Stanford and ask them. Their site only maintains list of people who have won the award or a nominee for the current year. There is no list of nominees for previous years.You are requested to kindly dig up about the other awards. I am bored now.

5. Fadia is also a consultant to many universities in India, Singapore, China and USA on the design and structure of their computer security courses.

My question: Will Mr Fadia be so kind as to provide references and/or links to universities for which he designs courses? You will find this thing occurring over and over. Fadia never provides links or references to many of his achievements. Isn’t that strange? I have gone through profiles of various researchers and they all provide links and references wherever possible.

6.According to Wendy McAuliffe at ZDNet UK, Fadia’s Hacking Truths website was judged “second best hacking site” by the FBI, though no ranked list of “hacking sites” has been published by the FBI.

7.In April 2000, Rediff.com published an interview with Ankit Fadia. Anti-India Crew (AIC), a Pakistani hacker group noted for defacing Indian Government websites, rubbished the claims that Fadia had made in the interview. Fadia had claimed that his alert to a U.S. spy agency had prevented an attack by Pakistani hackers. However, he never divulged the name of the agency, citing security reasons. AIC and another Pakistani hacker group WFD defaced an Indian Government site, epfindia.gov.in, and “dedicated” it to Fadia in mock deference to his capabilities to hack or prevent hacking. AIC also said that it would be defacing the website of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), http://www.cbec.gov.in, within two days and challenged Fadia to prevent the attack by patching the vulnerable website. AIC maintained that Fadia should stop calling himself a hacker, if it succeeded in hacking the CBEC website. AIC kept its promise and defaced the CBEC website after two days. At another defaced website (bhelhyd.co.in), AIC termed the claims of Indian media about Ankit Fadia as “Bullshit”.

So why is he famous?  There are various reasons.Firstly, masses are computer illiterate. They see computer security as some sort of dark magic wheres it is a systematic process, a science. Hence these people can be easily fooled by the FUD campaign that are done by the likes of Ankit Fadia. They instill fear and show some nice tricks that fool everyone into a false sense of vulnerability. While I would not be so naive as to suggest that Internet is very secure but many such ‘independent’ security experts make tall claims and demonstrate their attacks in a very controlled environment on a weakened security set up that just asks for a break in.

The other aspects that contribute to such fakes getting attention is obviously shoddy journalism. They print whatever might catch readers’ attention and a child prodigy in computers does that like nothing else in a ‘idol crazy’ nation of ours. Most journalists are either too lazy or do not have the necessary competence to evaluate his credentials.

As to why Reliance does a Ankit Fadia Ethical Hacking Course. The answer is simple. It sells. And it seems the certificate given by Reliance are not recognized by the Certificate Authority of India. So basically its more like a scam. Read this http://lists.sarovar.org/pipermail/plus-discuss/2006-April/000288.html I am not sure about the current status of the certificate.

And Ankit Fadia is neither the first nor the last of these fakes. Go to http://attrition.org/errata/charlatan.html for a larger list.

You may also read this email sent to FSF mailing list http://tutorial.web4all.in/archives/fsf-tn/2006-April/000293.html

And finally, what is ‘ethical hacking’? Hacking as I know it (and what people like Richard Stallman, Eric Raymond, Dennis Ritchie, Linus Torvalds and others would tell you) is about exploring and knowing in-depth about computers. Its also about making a computer do things that it wasn’t programmed to do and it comes from in-depth knowledge about the system. Hacking is NOT cracking someone’s email password by installing a trojan (or some other lame way) or defacing websites and causing loss of any kind. Hacking is a passion to learn and explore. The ones who break into system to cause harm are called crackers. Hackers like Richard Stallman don’t steal credit card details. Crackers do. So basically there is nothing unethical about hacking. Ethical hacking is a term coined by some sales people to sell basic network security and network administration course, books and solutions to gullible customers. Once you term it ethical hacking, it attracts novice users wanting to crack their girl friend’s email password, wannabe network administrators and some people seriously interested in computer security. While many of these courses are good, the usage of the word ‘ethical hacking’ is deplorable.

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217 thoughts on “Demolishing Ankit Fadia v 0.01

    • He was supposed to come to our college for a seminar. MAZ asked me about him and whether ACM Chapter can help conduct it. I told him straight that if it were his orders I would do the arrangements but nothing will stop me or other ACM members from asking complicated questions to him and humiliating him. MAZ dropped the idea. :)

    • Oops ..sorry for the typo…I made a mistake typing the name of GOD…I will have to rot in BSOD hell….
      I have added links to the FSF email on this post

        • Actually i had a short discussion with him on his views about free software m stallman and he says that he does not want to politicize it like stallmam does. He sees free software n open source more as development model than as socio-political ideology. And i believe he makes a good point.

  1. Put more emphasis on the cracking vs hacking definitions. Nothing special, just put them in bold or smthing. A huge load of ppl outside comp sci really don’t know the difference between the two.

  2. yup i attended one of his free seminar at Nirma seriously most of our friends know all that already…he just uses ready matte tool otherwise he is paralyzed

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  4. He is a Kid, still!!

    When first time I read his book.. I was rolling on the floor.
    This is what u call hacking???

    Yes, but may be all this hypes around, he might have gained some knowledge by now.. but no way he is gr8.

    • With all the hype surrounding him during the launch of his first book, i too thought he was a genius. Then when I bought his book, I realized the shit it had. However, I still kept his book for some time coz it was a good collection of Win98 hacks which were useful once i a while..

  5. I agree with whatever you have said about this fuck up. However i need to know, did you consider windows XP/Vista/7 before you wrote “most of the hacking tools available are on Unix based systems and not available in windows”. Can i have like a few examples of tools available in Unix to specifically hack computer networks that windows does not have at all? I’m just curious.

    • Yeah I did consider newer version of Windows as well. As for examples. Well lets take Nmap. It first came for Unix/Linux only. It was only much later that a version for Windows came. And thats what generally happens.

      Take Wireless security tools. The better, more feature rich ones are available on Linux. Why? Coz u dont have drivers which would allow u to do many important stuff? Many drivers dont even allow packet sniffing or sending of fake packers to the network. So its always a much better choice to use Linux/Unix

  6. i was thinking like he is a genius..thanks for doing this much research on him and sharing it with us,,
    but only point of difference i found in this article is that of using windows by a hacker or cracker.
    windows is the os used by most people and organizations in this world(eventhough it has lot of security holes), so there is always chance for a cracker to use windows rather than unix or linux

    • Well most crackers are interested in breaking into servers which are not necessarily windows…Yes someone is interested in Desktops, a good knowledge of Windows is essential…

      • Dude i got conned by this sad ass self proclaimed bragger.Like you even i got F**** cheated.I bought two of his books.Dude feel like i don know what.jus spent 800 buks on his books.I really wonder how come macmillan is publishing his book.I have already posted the link to ur blog in forums like face books.I am really pissed off with this cheat.If u r sure of of things u said i can screw him real bad….i should have downloaded his book from piratebay and sud hav had a look…f**** …anyways do something about buddy..u do it or not i am f**in bent to f him …anyways nice research ..thanks

  7. This is really an incredible facts which you explored about him..Its appreciable…Well I read his books and It was indeed a worthless stuffs..
    You are absolutely correct that this is just a fud campaign…

    • dude u did a great job. i am from his afech 4.0 batch, i too experienced the same feeling. the contents of his books are outdated. dude can refer any site such that such that i can improve my knowledge in hacking.

      • i believe what u want to learn is computer security..there are courses by SANS and also there is CISSP by Cisco. Those are good. However understand one thing, computer security is not an isolated issue. Its has to do with you OS and any applications on it that access the network. In that sense its a vast field. Also there is nothing called ethical hacking. And hacking cannot be learnt. You dont learn hacking, you learn by hacking. Hacking, in very layman terms, in very layman terms can be simply described as tinkering, either with a software or hardware. So u cannot learn hacking, but you can certainly learn how to secure system (=computer/information security) :)

        Hope this helps

      • U can start learning NMAP deeply for one.. Unless u know port scanning.. hacking is far far away.. LEARNING A bit of assembly, python, perl . and c++ goes a long way.. u show atleast know how to look at a python or perl exploit and a shell code.. LEARN LINUX DEEPLY , especially what every shell does .. learn everything about it.. U can go ahead and start learning about basic tcp/ip structure , and can refer sites as sectools.org, packetstorm .. or get urself interested in penetration testing like metasploit..

  8. Good Work..Nice research on him..one more thing i would like to add in this..he started giving 10,000 INR for conducting seminar in colleges.he also gives some token amt per student to hod or faculty if they are ready to provide 30-40 students from their organization.

  9. Excellent post! Keep up the good work!!! ;)

    HERE IS AN EXPERIMENT TO TRY OUT FOR ALL OF YOU:

    1)Google search “ankit fadia website”, have you seen what appears???

    2) Now, see the first result there? Don’t click on it. Read what’s written there – 3 sentences.

    Any idea how it happened, Sandip?

  10. Very well researched article Sandip. Though, I would give Mr. Ankit some credit for having an interest and learning thing at an age 6-7 years before most people develop.

    And a skill associated with a young age is definitely marketable by the media to a mass audience. An engineering student would have a hard time doing being brought to such fame and glory, if starting from ab-initio.

    Keep up the good work! I like your style of writing.

  11. Thanks for all the compliments…I am flattered :)

    Yes Fadia did get into computers at an early age. Thats nice. But that does not give one the liberty to claim oneself as a ‘hacker and security expert’. It also does not give one the license to fool people by conducting courses in his name.His skills are definitely fancy but not prodigious…

    As for engg students they enter get into a engg college to get a good job and not to learn something, anything. The ones that take interest in their subject end up doing Masters or PhD from a reputed univ and contribute something much more concrete and worthwhile than some copy & Paste books…

    After Fadia, I am really wary of these child prodigies in ‘ethical hacking’. Also I think that knowledge makes a person humble and such people do not shout at the rooftops about their work and conduct courses in their name.
    My personal opinion about Sunny Vaghela too is the same. He has done ‘research’ on SMS Forging and Caller ID Forging. While all these might sound impressive to the layman, they are very simple. Just too many phreaking docs exists on caller ID hacking. And gimme a gateway/GSM modem and I will forge SMSes at will…

    All of these are no harder than the average Std X or Std XII maths problem..Just that most kids spend their time poring over books and not phreaking/hacking sites

  12. Sandip,

    I do not agree with last statement you have made.i know sunny very well as i’ve got chance to work with him once..he has solved many cases for ahmedabad crime branch & also solved terror mail trail of ahmedabad blasts.

    As far as mobile forging is concerned,he has sent advisories to all mobile companies providing countermeasures for the same.thats all i knw.

    i request you to do research on him once before making comment on indian pride.

  13. Hi Rahul,

    You are entitled to your opinion and so am I. I have never worked with Sunny Vaghela, so, yes, I dont have first hand synopsis of his skills. However, I have done this bit of research and here are my conclusions

    1.Visited his Site
    The site does not say about any bugs fixes done by him or any vulnerabilities reported. Or any original white paper on anything

    2.Visited his company’s site, techdefence
    They do security audit of a website using automated tools. Website is only one small aspect of over all security. There are a whole lot of services that run on a server. Btw, SQL injection attacks can be avoided only if the programmer is a bit less lazy

    3.Read the ‘research’ bit on his site
    I call that copy n paste. Those kind of information is available in plenty on hacking and phreaking sites. Check out antionline.com, insecure.org , 2600 and phrack magazine. Those infomation has existed for a long time. However, if he allows a peer review of his findings, it can surely be decided if he has hit on something original.

    4.Read his profile that he mailed to a fellow student
    That profile is nothing but a series of newspaper cutting. Hardly impressive and/or professional.

    5. Read an email sent by his company about their services
    Like i already said, website vulnerability testing is only one aspect. Also automated tools cant find all flaws.

    As for his advisories, I am not sure. If companies try to block sms spoofing, even services like way2sms will take a hit.

    My research on him is certainly not comprehensive. I want to know more but from what I have learnt, I am not so enthusiastic about this brand new ‘Indian pride’. He is at best a script kiddie.
    Thanks for reading my blog. These are only my views and I may be wrong. Sunny surely has skills but nothing that shud make him India’s pride, pride of Nirma Univ may be. Not India

  14. oh cool discussion going on..

    Sandip,i didnt understand one thing..you are writing about ultra n00b fakie ankit then why are you discussing sunny in between?

    • @Utsav: Well the Sunny topic just cropped up in between….I only expressed my views on Sunny. It is certainly possible that I may be wrong and I am looking forward to someone who would prove me wrong

  15. Heh heh… nice to see this thread is still continuing… why don’t you publish a series on this topic in Renesa? Not an isolated article, I mean a complete series on a bunch of related topics… it could keep up continued interest through the various issues of Renesa. Throw in the idea and see if anyone’s interested.

  16. i am convenienced with the views you’ve posted on ankit fadia but very disappointed with views posted on sunny without even knowing him.

    I attended his course at one of his offices..he never use any third party tools.he has made his crypters,encoders,sql injectors,xss auditor & LFI/RFI Scanners for assessment & testing.he even teaches backtrack & metasploit..

    I also consider him as Indian Pride as he helped many agencies to solve cyber rising crimes, terror mail trails of ahmedabad & mumbai terror case etc..

    so think twice before making any comments on anyone.

    • Hi Aditya,

      I agree I dont know him personally. And my information on him is in no way thorough. But just a casual search online will deliver you source codes of so many encryption programs, sql injection hacks, Local/Remote File injectors code etc. So since I have not seen his code, I really cant say anything on it. Yes I have some knowledge of encryption algorithms and I can tell you that lot of undergraduate (and almost any graduate) student can make a decent encryption program. Not rocket science really.

      And yes I would really like to know what exactly he teaches on Metasploit and Backtrack.Metasploit is a framework through which someone who doesnt know how to compile using gcc can also launch an exploit. Its an automated framework to launch exploits, “point and click” exploitation..It would be commendable had he contributed exploits etc to Metasploit which he sadly (and rather expectedly) hasnt…And backtrack is just another Linux distro with security assessment tools installed..how does installing that make one a hacker/cracker. Only script kiddies use such tools.

      Finally, I stand on what I said. A resume full of newspaper cutting is in no way impressive and/or professional. SMS and Call forging, Orkut XSS attack are not too great either. They are good but not great.

      And anyone who calls himself/heerself an ‘ethical’ hacker is a n00b, a fake, a poser.

      Also my comments are entirely my own and people are free to accept or discard them. I am in no way a security expert and hence my finding may be way off the mark and therefore they should be used with discretion. Nevertheless, it is not in my nature to insult anyone, I just report what I see, my perspective.

  17. hey nice one on the so called “ethical hacking”..i 2 listened to his talk given in ISM Dhanbad..wasnt something very great..he told some webties to be used as proxy sites but when i tried them they didnt work(www.anonymiser.com/www.anonymiser.ru/www.samair.ru/proxy).the second site he told was russian website according 2 him..n he was confident that no cyber security can catch hold of a hacker if these sites are used!!!! none of these sites open even from our college’s cyberroam..forget bout d other security standards.so i just forgot bout a whole “fadia speech” as i thought nothn’s gonna work nyway.
    but after reading ur article, i curiously searched google and found out d reality.keep it up…v need to make d public aware f such ppl

  18. enough of bull shit about fadia
    leave him yaar
    he may suicide if he will read this

    he just gambled with world to earn fame,name and money
    everybody uses hooks and crooks to become famous

  19. * Most of the so-called hacks are in Windows (98). Show me one hacker/cracker who uses Windows. If you ain’t using Unix/Linux/Solaris you ain’t no hacker mate. Why? Coz Windows hasn’t got half the tools and features that one requires to do a successful system penetration. For a deeper understand read a book on the Hacking Exposed series.
    * Registry hacks and tweeks are passed off as hacking
    * None of the exploits are written by him though at many places credit has not been given to the person who found the exploit. For that matter, most of the exploits were very very outdated by the time the book published. Even in his Certified Hacking Courses by Reliance, he shows exploits which have been patched several years ago and are therefore useless
    * Many of the exploit code given in his book have errors and some very obvious ones. :p

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    do u know when the book was written???
    then did u used vista?
    tab kya tere baap ke khayalo mein toh usri OS thi kya?

    • @Girish : Firstly, mind your language. If you have not already noticed, the language in this blog is civilized and bereft of any name calling. I can reply to our comments with equally personal remark about you and your family, but I wont do that. My upbringing has taught me not to engage in such behavior.

      Secondly, Windows, whether 98,XP or Vista is not much of a hacker (or cracker or security analyst) tool. I do not want to explain the reasons once again and you are kindly requested to go through some of the comments above. Suffice it to say, if you have even a modicum of experience in computer security, you will realize the limitations of Windows.

      And yes, I do know when that book was published. I actually bought one but I was disappointed with the content.

      And when that book was written…I not just used windows, i used GNU/Linux too…Red hat 5.0

    • Just shut up you foul mouthed creature its tru that even though windows is a good hacking os the linux-unix like systems are historic and are used to build programs its the motherboad of many os’s

      Mr Sandip Dev’s research is correct

  20. * Again only Ankit Fadia says he has done that. No other sources including any intelligence agency has corroborated the statement.
    * Most intelligence agencies like NSA have expert cryptanalyst with PhDs and super fast clusters to get their job done. They wont require a 16 year old. Cryptanalysis is a serious job. Just read Applied Cryptography by Bruce Schneir or Introduction to Cryptography by Tanenbaum to get an idea how challenging it is. It would be like putting the control of India’s Moon Mission in the hands of a monkey instead of ISRO’s Madhavan Nair.
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    ab jab Finally usne decode kiya hai toh wahi credits lega na??

    • Is that how you intend to prove that I am wrong in saying that Fadia never ever decrypted any message? Was that an argument? I highly doubt that. Again, if you the slightest understanding of cryptography you will realize the fallacy of Fadia’s claim.

    • I studied a course on cryptography, which involved only studying some applications, not even true cryptanalysis. Believe me when I say that a 16-year-old Ankit Fadia can never have decrypted something that NSA and the like couldn’t.
      First of all, cryptanalysis requires advanced math concepts such as integral cryptanalysis, differential cryptanalysis, prime factorization of immensely huge numbers (which no one can do, by the way) etc.
      Second of all, had he actually been able to do that, he would be a math genius, not a computer security “expert”. And we definitely know that he isn’t a math genius.
      Thirdly, NO. Just plain No.

  21. * Best selling books? By whose standards? I don’t find him anywhere in New York Times, Book Sense, USA Today, Publisher’s Today. A sales figure of 3 million as he proclaims is nearly a third of what Mein-Kampf or Catch 22 reached and his books did that in a fraction of the time. Sounds shaky, doesn’t it? Does to me
    * Most of his books have been published in India only. Other than The Unofficial Guide to Ethical Hacking, Network Security: A Hacker’s Perspective, Hacking Mobile Phones,Email Hacking, Windows Hacking most of his books are hard to come by. Also Windows hacking is nothing but a compendium of Registry Hacks readily available from the Internet. Do read the comments on his books at amazon.com and you will get a clearer picture.
    * Almost all the content in his book are copy-paste work from the Internet, that would even put the laziest Computer Science student to shame.
    * The best I can say about Mr. Fadia is that he is a very good salesman because time and again he has convinced his publisher to publish his books. Thats no mean feat considering the shit that he peddles as ‘hacking’.
    * Its been mentioned time and again that he runs his own consulting company but I have never come across the name of the said company.
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    u find it now???
    do u remember the time when the books were Bestsellors?
    ab toh ye tumhe falyu hi lagenge..
    qk ab wahi saari jagah mein spread ho gayi hai.
    tab ke jamane mein tumhe Hacking ka H toh pata tha kya?

    • Firstly, I have questioned the veracity of the claim that his books are best sellers (not sellors). His books did sell but could not have been best sellers by any presents standards of grading best sellers. And of course, no well known list of best sellers have featured his books.

      Secondly, anything and everything that was printed in his book was (mark the tense, its ‘was’ no ‘is’) already available on the internet. Some were actually way to out of date, say be 5 to 7 years.

      As for whether, I knew anything about hacking then. I will tell you this, you dont learn hacking, you learn through hacking. Hacking is about exploring. And all of us have that exploratory spirit in us.

      As for whether I knew anything about computer security, I would honestly say I knew very little, almost nothing. At that time my best security exploit was that of shutting down the email server of a quite popular porn site. I was a kid then and I thought porn was bad.

      But if by hacker you mean the types of Fadia, well I wasn’t that bad I guess

  22. 3. Widely celebrated in international media publications, Fadia is also regularly invited by BBC Radio World News, London to share the latest updates on virus outbreaks, loopholes and cyber crime trends.

    My finding: I searched the BBC site to find one reference to him being on the said show. Guess what I found? Nothing. Nadda. Zilch. ;-)
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    check ur time bro…
    He was the great hacker.
    BBC wont keep it for this time..

    5. Fadia is also a consultant to many universities in India, Singapore, China and USA on the design and structure of their computer security courses.

    My question: Will Mr Fadia be so kind as to provide references and/or links to universities for which he designs courses? You will find this thing occurring over and over. Fadia never provides links or references to many of his achievements. Isn’t that strange? I have gone through profiles of various researchers and they all provide links and references wherever possible.
    _______________________
    WTF man…
    Please just stop spreading fake things.. u r just want to deface Ankit.

    here are various reasons.Firstly, masses are computer illiterate. They see computer security as some sort of dark magic wheres it is a systematic process, a science. Hence these people can be easily fooled by the FUD campaign that are done by the likes of Ankit Fadia. They instill fear and show some nice tricks that fool everyone into a false sense of vulnerability. While I would not be so naive as to suggest that Internet is very secure but many such ‘independent’ security experts make tall claims and demonstrate their attacks in a very controlled environment on a weakened security set up that just asks for a break in.
    _________________________
    seems that u r also computer illiterate!

    And finally, what is ‘ethical hacking’? Hacking as I know it (and what people like Richard Stallman, Eric Raymond, Dennis Ritchie, Linus Torvalds and others would tell you) is about exploring and knowing in-depth about computers. Its also about making a computer do things that it wasn’t programmed to do and it comes from in-depth knowledge about the system. Hacking is NOT cracking someone’s email password by installing a trojan (or some other lame way) or defacing websites and causing loss of any kind. Hacking is a passion to learn and explore. The ones who break into system to cause harm are called crackers. Hackers like Richard Stallman don’t steal credit card details. Crackers do. So basically there is nothing unethical about hacking. Ethical hacking is a term coined by some sales people to sell basic network security and network administration course, books and solutions to gullible customers. Once you term it ethical hacking, it attracts novice users wanting to crack their girl friend’s email password, wannabe network administrators and some people seriously interested in computer security. While many of these courses are good, the usage of the word ‘ethical hacking’ is deplorable.
    _______________________
    things like cracking passwords are ESSENTIAL for ethical hacking.

    • “check ur time bro…
      He was the great hacker.
      BBC wont keep it for this time..” –Girish

      Really? Why not? Hard disk space is cheap. Also there are so many stuff dating back to 2000 and earlier on bbc.com. Why should only Fadia disappear?

      “WTF man…
      Please just stop spreading fake things.. u r just want to deface Ankit.”–Girish

      I want to write what I think is the truth. You may call it defacing. Depends on which side of the fence you are.

      As for my computer literacy or the lack of it. I am sure you are very experienced and may be some day I will have the honor of learning something about computers from you and thereby banishing my computer illiteracy.

      “things like cracking passwords are ESSENTIAL for ethical hacking.”–Girish
      Please explain what you mean by ethical hacking. Then, may be, we can carry on this discussion further.

      Also if cracking passwords were the only way (or the major way) of breaking into computers, securing computers would have been so much more easier. Why? There are encryption algorithms(and many of them) that will make cracking password computationally IMPOSSIBLE. Forget, Fadia or any human being or any cluster of computers, we will require a Dumbledore to crack it. Again this is something you will understand only if you have studied cryptography.

      Btw, I wont be surprised if you are a friend of Fadia or Fadia himself.

  23. It’s very ironic tht the automatically generated (possibly) related posts shows a blogpost which gives a direct download of Ankit Fraudia’s books!! :P :P

  24. @Sandip: It took me quite a while to visit ur interesting blog, but now i have done it and i shld say u have done a commendable job… i will soon put up something interstng for ur readrs if they r interested

  25. Hey Sandip, this very interesting article. It’s so hard to believe that people can actually live so long on shitty claims.
    Just reminded me of Arindam Chaudhari of Planman something, the management guru of India. He is an equally fake bloke. In fact he is way ahead, he loots thousands of students in the name of mba from IIPM every year.
    ‘Dare to Think beyond Forgery blokes.’

    • Ah……exactly what I was thinking!! Ankit the “hacker” and Arindam the “management guru”!! I’m actually hoping tht the world ends on Dec 21 2012….atleast then we won’t havta deal with these morons anymore!! :) :)

  26. Hi Sandip,

    I dropped you an email on the id you’ve mentioned in your profile; it bounced. I want to get in touch with you for the story I am writing on Fadia, for which I want your inputs/criticism. More details about the story and me on email. Thanks.

  27. My main rub with Ankit Fadia is more of a national security issue, what is he really teaching to Indian government and military? Given a choice of having heart surgery, would you rather have someone with years of experience, or someone that can cut and paste medical books? Ankit is that kid that can cut and paste. If everything Ankit Fadia is teaching is cut and pasted out of 10 year old security books, I fear any adversary will make swiss cheese of Indian firewalls and networks. Besides, if he’s such a good security professional, why does it seem his HackingMobilePhones.com website has been hacked?

    http://attrition.org/errata/sec-co/fadia01.html

    Either that or Reliance isn’t paying the bills any longer and he’s reverted to spamming.

    • @Bob: Well I really doubt that he is advising any Indian agencies. He claimed that he decoded the VoIP conversation between the 26/11 terrorists and their handlers. Load of shit. It was actually done by RAW and kudos to them for doing it in real time. It seems Ankit would not flinch from taking credit from a tragic incident.

  28. Heh, knew he was a lame idiot. But never heard of such absurd claims of his. Thanks for enlightening..

    And all those of us, who were tormented by our parents all our lives, saying – “look at what that that Fadia kid has achieved.. He’s only your age” – can now start leading normal lives ;)

    • When I was a kid and bought his book, after reading it I told my mom that all of it was copy/paste stuff, she admonished me and said “You snob. Havent done much in computing yourself and you comment about his book. Look he got a book published and what have you done..Cant even come first in class…This pride of yours will one day become your downfall” ;-)

  29. Good post and I agree that he is a douchebag in the security world.
    Have to accept though he is a class con-artist and salesman (on the lines of Arindham Choudhary) :-D

    I think the 2 probable reasons why he dropped out of Stanford must have been that he was either kicked out or he was just afraid of the implications it may have on his credibility at the university were people to read his website(s) and book(s).

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  31. DID he even attend Stanford? I doubt it.
    By the way, that so-called book “Linux tips and tricks” has never been published. The guy’s lying.
    As a BSD user myself, I know that a guy like him who works with windows 95 simply CANNOT teach anyone about linux or any other *NIX.

    His only factually correct achievement (if one may call it that) is that the guy is an MTV youth icon award winner. Since when did channels start giving awards based solely on existing FUD?
    And have you heard of that freakshow on MTV called “What the Hack” ? In that show, Fadia is supposed to give people “hacking tips” ( which usually constitute stuff like tips on downloading youtube videos ) – and when he gives these “tips”, he and the VJ who sits with him are supposed to raise their fists and then shake them weirdly – like the way those rappers do. And the audience swoons everytime they do that weird monkey action and say, “Eyyy, wadda HACK”.

    Oh hell – someone please phone MTV to stop this nonsense.

    • See that’s MTV…You cant expect any better from them…What the Hack is the biggest mockery of hacking anyone could have ever made

  32. Hello Sandip(My namesake),

    It is a really good blog that you have created here, and thank you for elucidating the facts so clearly, I remember having seen this guy Fadia back in IIT Bombay in 2004, and he delivered a lecture there once, on very rudimentary stuff, also the number of people who attended his lecture were very scarce, most probably they all knew he was fake anyway.

    Ankit Fadia would do better to create “Real” stuff with his so called “expertise” instead of copying and pasting links from each and every website and blog around the world, in fact I find a lot of anonymous true hackers contributing information that is much more valuable than what this fakester Fadia sells through his courses.

    Good job done, and keep us updated about this conman’s achievements!!!

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  34. Hey sandy,
    Without going through your blog, i would’ve never known such things. I never liked him and this has made me to explore more truths about him

    Good job.

  35. Hi!
    I happened to watch an episode of MTV “What the Hack”, it was disastrous. Its aimed at people who have little or no knowledge of computers. “Digital intelligence” is something that was rather funny. We should probably write to MTV and get him off air, its blasphemous!

  36. Wow , ankit fadia , he is such a ( insert words of your choice here ), I was forced to attend his seminar a second time in pune – the first time being sex years back in indore and i was amazed how he has kept all the facts ( so to speak – a lady with a computer and a webcam in her studio apartment – crap ) intact , he is giving the same seminar for last 6 years!!! and havent bothered to change the contact

    Another one of his favouraites nowadays seems to be the BSNL website( which really is lame) he very seriously asks everyone to switch the cameras off ( the fbi may be watching!!!) and very cleverly copies a simple sql injection query ( ‘ or ”=’) from a open notepas file and voila ! he is in the bsnl website – all this was done very seriously ( shhh .. keep silence , even might have a bead of sweat tickle down his forehead..for better effect) and then seriously tells everyone that he cannot give the hack to anyone( security concerns!!)

    My personal fav is the trojans , he infects his own lappy with a very new and technologically advanced trojan ( Have you ever heard of sub7 ? my grandfather used to play with it when he was a kid – just a figure of speech :P ) and magically connects to his local system … and then turns the laptop so that we can all oooh and ahhhh as the cd drive pops out .. wow what a feat!!

    By the end of the seminar ( when he was trying to sell his courses ) i was pratically rolling on the floor laughing … seriously … i dont know how he got so big ..

    let me know of your experiences so that we can take a good laugh , or be stunned with horror

    • Its pretty much the same thing with all these self anointed security gurus. But people are easily fooled coz they are fed on a diet of Hollywood flicks where 15 seconds of furious typing =hack into US Treasury.

      Most of these kinda ppl show their exploits in a tightly controlled and massively insecure environment. What people dont understand is that computer security (just like national security) is best left to experts. The kind of security Fadia shows is closer to paint ball and laser tag than even a street fight.

  37. Sandeep

    Kudos to you! Even my friends are fans of Fadia.They payed thousands of rupees in various reliance web world centers to attend his video classes.Looks like i need to show them your blog

    Regards,
    Vijay

  38. While your ends maybe be honorable, its amusing to see so much zealousness on your part to follow this drive…me wonders. Anyways, since you said “Wherever I have gathered info from any site, I shall mention the link so that you can find out”, you should practice what you promise.

    It would be good if you mentioned, for instance, that some of the reasons you give are straight from Attrition.org’s analysis. And while I generally agree with the tone of your diatribe against AF here, lets not deny the fact that the guy does/did know more than an average 14 year old Indian boy at the time when he came under the limelight.

    In short:
    * the guy is no security “expert” but has at least basic knowledge about the field, a field that is surprisingly lacking in a country as technologically advanced as India
    * he’s a shrewd and smart businessman who was able to ride the publicity wave and capitalize on his minor accomplishments.

  39. @Hom Tanks (is that supposed to be Tom Hanks)

    My ends and the means to achieve those ends are honorable too. The zealousness that you have so aptly grasped is simply because I have been (much to my annoyance) part of various noob discussions on “hacking” and finally people end up discussing Fadia and advocating others to buy his books. I have been at pains to explain why Fadia is fake and his books not even worth the paper on which it is printed.

    If I feel something worth sharing, I write it. Period. And of course I cant deny that its so much fun “demolishing” Fadia. But yes, its sad that nearly half the visit on my blog are because of those 2 posts. People like controversy and I seem to be providing it, though that was not the intention.

    As for practicing what I preach, I have mentioned attrition.org in the post, and I believe I have done so pretty clearly. As to why I did not specifically mention attrition.org every time I drew arguments from them, well I am too lazy, much like anyone else. I have mentioned it once, and pretty clearly at that, and anyone who goes there will find which arguments I have drawn from them.

    My whole idea of writing this post was to serve as a compendium of arguments against Fadia rather than put too many of my own. I wanted to put the point across that not just me but a lot of other people too are of the same opinion.

    while I generally agree with the tone of your diatribe

    I would not agree with the word diatribe. Wherever possible I have tried to be factual rather than rhetorical. Also the language has been civil rather than bitter and abusive, which a diatribe would demand.

    The guy does/did know more than an average 14 year old Indian boy at the time when he came under the limelight.

    “More than an average 14 yr old” would certainly be the right way to put it. But somehow that does not justify claiming oneself to be a hacker and starting your own hacking courses etc. At 14 he was good, much like many Indian kids at his age who participate in Maths/Physics?Chem Olympiads and win medals.Those kids dont start writing books on their subjects ;-) In fact nothing in his books was too tough even for a 12 yr old to understand provided one wanted to.

    the guy is no security “expert” but has at least basic knowledge about the field, a field that is surprisingly lacking in a country as technologically advanced as India

    Basic knowledge? Well good enough. But that does not mean you publish stupid books or start courses. See if he wants to write books and start courses, he is free to do so. But when people spend thousands of rupees on those courses hoping to become a security expert and getting a job.Then it is necessary that the sham be exposed. He is in no way a hacker. As for information security related advancements in India, I am sure copy pasting stuff from the net and publishing them under your own name wont change shit. Its the biology equivalent of dissecting frogs and hoping the average quality of medical and pharmaceutical research in the country to improve.

    he’s a shrewd and smart businessman who was able to ride the publicity wave and capitalize on his minor accomplishments.

    “Unscrupulous businessman” would probably be a better way to put it. He is a product of publicity just like Paris Hilton. As for his accomplishments, I doubt if he even has minor ones.

  40. agree with you totaly hes nothing but load of crap “Ankit Fayada” selling ethics under ethical hacking.

    but …

    >> Most of the so-called hacks are in Windows (98). Show me one hacker/cracker who uses Windows. If you ain’t using Unix/Linux/Solaris you ain’t no hacker mate. Why? Coz Windows hasn’t got half the tools and features that one requires to do a successful system penetration.

    This not totally true,hackers works most of da time on windows because its everywhere.ofcourse every hacker have linux distro on his system but the target is windows so.. my point most of d hackers works on windows 4 example skylined ,peter from pwn2own (doest rem his surname) ,and chinese hackers.

  41. hey sandip gr8 post….AF is not a hacker bcoz hacker never shout that he is a hacker.. a hacker built his own tools not use third party tools …. iagree with u that he is a good sales man. he fool mass who are illiterate in computers. is he a stanford university passout ..i worry????

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  43. U r right sandeep……….ANKIT IS TOTALLY FAKE……….HOW A 14 yrs guy can hack a website…………U must know web programming and other techniques like crypto(If u r not a script kiddy)………….He claimed everthing …..Nothing proved….Totally fake guy….took the advantage ok lack of knowledge about computer security among the indians.

    Also he did not yet develop any tool or techniqe.Which type of hacker he is who can not write a tool for him?

    I also Got one other guy “RAHUL TYAGI”.HE is REPEATING SAME THINGS AS ANKIT FADIA DONE.THAT GUY USING WORLD “ethical ” for his PERSONAL BENIFIT.

    PLZZ DO SOME RESERCH ON THAT GUY.HIS SITE IS

    http://ethicalhacking.do.am

    CHECK THIS LINK WHERE HE CLAIM THAT HIS WEBSITE GOT 247 RANK IN ALEXA

    http://ethicalhacking.do.am/index/advertise_on_this_site/0-216

    PLZZ ALSO CHECK HIS RESUME AND DO SOME RESEARCH ON THAT GUY.

    PEOPLE SAYS ANKIT FADIA IS NUMBER 1 HACKER IN INDIA BUT IN ACTAL INDIA’s REAL NUMBER ONE HACKER IS “Vivek Ramachandran”. A GUY FROM IIT AND HE ALSO GIVE PRESENTATION IN ” Toorcon”.

    HE GOT HIS OWN WEBSITE about hacking videos “http://securitytube.net/” .THIS WEBSITE HAVE GREAT REPUTATION OUSIDE INDIA.

    • @Arun: Thanks for the comments.. I would however say that I am a computer security expert in any sense of the term. I do have an interest in the field which only grew during my 4 years of engineering…

      As for this Tyagi guy, well he does seem fake. A cursory look at his website in enough to conclude that…let me see if I do a “demolishing” article on him :)

      Not sure when I will be able to do that…I am spending sleepless nights here at IIMA..If i get time, I surely will :)

    • That is totally wrong yes may be in some cases Rahul is using word Ethical for his benifits but i have attended his seminar in IIT where he revealed his hacking demonstartion, i am CEH but the email hacking techniques he demonstarted infornt of us are really appreciable even not in CEH V6.1. I think you do not like the spirit of that kid thats why u said this all. Any ways this is India, no one can see anyone growing that is very bad.

      • @Manik: First of all, which IIT? Nice to know that you are a CEH, but I woudn’t even trust the security of my MP3 player with a CEH. Sorry for being so rude, but I can’t help but call a spade a spade. Yes I am sure a lot of “email hacking” techniques are not there in CEH V6.1, after all Fadia can only Google so much.

        I have nothing against the spirit of the kid. I am sure he is trying to learn a lot and thats good. And I am also sure that a lot of other kids his age know much of what he knows and probably way more.

        As to why I said what I said. Well his site mentions Websense bypassing using proxies, FB virus, Metasploit etc which are just tools. Even a monkey can use Ultrasurf, FB Virus wasnt discovered by him and metasploit, while sounding cool and all, is all but a automated tool to exploit certain flaws in software, i.e until they arent rectified. It is the ultimate Noob tool, a script kiddie’s wet dream.

        There is a micro economic concept called information asymmetry. And that is why people like Fadia can survive. A lot of people have no idea about these things, though they are very simple. And it is this ignorance that they cash in on. Just like a real estate agent, a broker etc

        And more over I do not think that Indians cant tolerate others success. On the contrary, we are country prone to chronic hero worship, where we choose to believe any and every miracle and wonder without an iota of proof. May be the reason you think Indians are like that is because thats how you are. I like to give credit where its due.

        I am proud of a lot of Indians. Lets take Sahal Kaushik, the youngest guy, at 14 yr old, to get admitted into IIT kanpur’s MSc program. I am really proud of that guy. I am proud of those Indian scientists who built Eka, one of the top 10 fastest super computers, and so many others.

        The reason I dont want to do any further “Demolition” article on Fadia, Rahul or Sunny is that I really do not have time anymore to do that amount of googling/research now. Also, I have not taken it up as a crusade to expose anyone.

        • yes, i think ur right sandip but i have attended ankit also but ankit is not really updated, and rahi baar rahul ki, he has something new wifi hacking concepts and email really,y i am favouring rahul bcz i hve attended both ankit and rahul, and yes in that battel rahul stood first according to me, he had shown an trojen server.exe which he has made undetectable, if ur well aware of that u can imagine how difficult is to change trojen’s signature but that 22 age guy done this. bakki anyways.. this topic is like a sea we can not say who is real and who is fake…….

          • If you want to know about wifi security a good place to start is the book Hacking Exposed: Wireless Networks.

            Also as for that trojan program you are talking about, well you could very well be right that he made an (as of the day he demonstrated it and provided he used an updated anti virus) undetected trojan. But then are you sure he wrote it. Trojans are available dime a dozen on the internet, many with source code so that you can tinker it. Of course making a trojan requires good programming skills, but its not really that tough. The trojan idea is in essence very basic, disguise a malicious program as something useful; fool the user in running it and voila you scored. And in many cases, antiviruses will not be able to detect it or even i they do, they may not be able to tell its behavior from that of a legit program.

            I may come across as arrogant but I would rather say that I am a skeptic. I dont get convinced easily :)

  44. Tyagi claiming that his website rank is 247 by alexa.

    But in real it is rank of the website which he using(he is using subdomain).

    I think either he knows nothing or think people know nothing about subdomain and alexa.

    WHen u search on google then u found he is in top 5 indian hackers.first one is ankit fadia(lolzz).

    where u study sandeep?

    • @Arun: People like Ankit Fadia and his ilk survive of half truths and complete lies. They easily fool the unassuming users.

      I study at IIM Ahmedabad. Just completed my B.Tech in computer engg from NIT Surat.

  45. @sandip
    thanks 4 ur info mate…i enrolled myself in his new afceh 5 program coz he was my idol…. bt aftr his 1st VC 3 days ago….i understood that daal main kuch kaalaa hai…
    bt nw m in a grt trouble…
    he is my inspiration…i wanted to b grt hacker like him!
    bt nw i dunno wat to do… he asked us to use his 8 bst sellers as text book for his CEH exam!
    I m a noob…frankly my hacking knowledge is below average!
    bt something tht bothers me is….i took a drop frm my 1st year engineering thinking tat i will dedicate it to hacking thn resume my engineering studies further increasing my hacking skills ….bt after reading this stuff m out of hopes! mate help me plzz tell wat shd i do now…fuck i wanna hit this asshole now…mate i have dedication n determination to b a top class hacker js temme wat shd i do nw??

    • @Ash: You did an extremely foolish thing by dropping out of engineering. If you have read my post properly than you would have understood that is no such thing as becoming a “top class hacker”. You dont learn hacking, you learn through hacking. Yes if your interest is computer security, then you can always do a CISSP or similar course. Or else you can first complete your undergrad degree in engineering and then do a Masters on topics related to computer security. It really depends on what your focus is. If you are just looking for a job then a certification course along with a undergrad degree is enough. If you are looking for research related work, a Masters degree would be needed.

      That said, I really can’t tell you what you need to do to become a “top class hacker” coz I myself am not one. But yes, one thing I can say with certainty is that you should complete your engineering :) All the best

  46. Hey dude
    that is the ever best thread i came across that helped change my views overnight, n nw he is from zeniths
    (1st yr iit-k 2k6)
    to nadir(2day) at least in my view,

    tonight i was just thinking of him and thought how can he gain so much in such a short duration
    then i gone thru his ethical hacking buk but that didnt impressed me, and through searches
    i came to know what he can,

    he has to see sm other ways to befool nw many knew the true sense of network security

    now his talent in cyber security is not even that he can qualify INDIA GOT TALENT ,even sajid khan and sonali wil reject him,

    but some kudos to fadia too that took so much time to explore my whole night,
    @seminari_itk though not a gud hacker but perfect salesman
    gud orator too,
    shud be awarded too BEST (F)ACKER OF THE WORLD 2010

    as he is not harming me i must keep his gud qualities of him,
    finally he didnt made me upset, though not as rich as the creator of facebuk but lil bit enough,

    but now as he is on the downward path u can tel ur mother those were the long gone days of not comming first in class,i am not fake as him i am gettin the true degree from best institute of india

    thankz
    lol
    atb

  47. Dude nicely put !!! .. He came to our college twice in the same year and repeated the same presentation! No freaking difference !! same verbitam!! and wasnt taking any high technical questions .
    Me n my friends already came to knw what all he covered in his buks and presentations through research !
    and the Thing about breaking the sept 11 message , i came to knw his claim was bullshit when i actually studied advanced cryptography in my course!!
    and whatever they taught in that relaince certification program was freely avaliable on Net . it just took some research and common sence !!

    I guess everyone should be aware of this fact!
    and if he is otherwise he should atleast provide some credible proof for his work …

  48. Plz. . . . Dont waste time over disscusing @ankitfadia ‘s fakeness.
    His doing his job and is sucessful in it(i.e. Fooling others) so, @sandeep i will like to tell u dont waste u r valuable time over this guy and waking up people b’coz history speaks that indians will never wake up after ankit another will come and will fool people and the history cont. . . . ‘s. Do something which will be apreaciating and worth something.
    (like the work done by 8-) Pranav mistri over 6th sense technology i really apericiate him)
    which will make others proud of u. :-P
    And one more thing i want to share is that this ankit also came to our college and looted us.
    And is going to come again to give a seminar(40000 INR for 1 hour of lecture):-> i dont understand why this people never improve.

    :-DMorever the good news is that i moved to linux(the first step to become more secure)

    Happy surfing! ! !:-)

  49. GIRISH YOU CAN BE LIKE FADIA SOMEDAY….YOUR THINKINGS ARE ALL THE SAME…SEEMS TO ONLY ME THOUGH……

    ANYWAY….SUPERB BLOG….. PLZ KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK….VERY COOL BLOG…WOW

  50. It was pleasure reading this article. When i read something against Mr Fadia, it brings out the sadist in me. Good job Sanip.
    People have forgotten the adage: “All That Glitters Is Not Gold”.

  51. Hi. I also wanted to join this course but after going through all the info here and on other blog i have changed my mind and now i want to know is there any true course to join in India or any online course to join. i am seeking for your valuable advice.

  52. Hi Sandeep….

    Well first of all…mind blowing job done by you in blowing this assholes shell.and showing his true face to everyone of us…Well I am a commerce grad my self and i am into this computer hi fi stuff since i was 17…i used to download all kinds of Trojans and scripts and have joined a lot of warez sites which taught u how to hack ids and Wat not….I learned how to create fake pages and all…..it is very easy if somebody gives out a full tutorial on it…The thing that is most important is that if u create such a thing or discover one…wel i can hack my gf orkut id and lol i would also be called a (HACKER) lol….it is because my Gf does not know how simple is it or wat knowledge lies behind it…and ANKIT FADIA is non sense the hacks that he tells us..like how to download from youtube and what not…my bro who studies in class 10 knows more better tweaks or tricks then he knows…..lol….AAJTAK should do i sting operation on this asshole……WELL about sandeep dude u the realhero keep up the gud work Tkcr cheerzzz

  53. LOL Dude!! With all the love ur showering upon the guy, Next thing I know is you’d be proposing to the guy!! :D :D

    As big a Fraud as he is! He’s smarter than us in the sense that he capitalizes on other’s foolishness :D

    Isn’t it smwat similar to what MBA’s like you in Wall-Street often do too? :D

    • MBA don’t fool people. If you consider that fooling then any selling activity can be classified as fooling someone.

      • hey yaar..gr8 work ..in my clg guys were crazy sharing on dc++ fadia’s videos…bt then i gave them link to this page….nd they were like wtf??
        keep it up dude:)

        • So,then can u suggest what does one really neeed to do for gaining authentic knowledge abt hacking?
          Also,job point of view wat certification would you suggest?coz afterall,companies need a piece of paper as a proof.Talent & knowledge is shown after you start working with them.Does hacking provide a promising career?

          • First you tell me, what kind of job do you think “hackers” do? Or what kind of jobs do you think will be/are offered to “hackers”? Then I will answer your question.

  54. He……………Would have been nothing……more than a DPS boy…………
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    He………Can’t even proof his mastery on any computer language………

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    ………..It’s The Way Of PromoTing oneself……His Show On Mtv……..is Just a Child’ play

    • Well this is the first time I have heard about this EC Council. Yes they have a site and a wikipedia entry but they dont really make them legitimate. I also checked their blog and the content was uninteresting and certainly not original. As for the awards, I can’t comment on that as yet. I am looking into it. I have also asked other, more knowledgeable people (people who have been to Defcon and have contributed code to Nmap) to look into EC council and give their view.

      What I would suggest is that you do a CISSP or a course from Computer Security Institute. Also understand one thing, no course can make you a “hacker” just as no course can make you John Petrucci. Its something that comes from years and years of experience and fiddling around with code. No week or month long course can teach you that. All these courses can give you is a job as a Sysadmin. Don’t expect NSA or RAW to hire you. :) Also as I have repeated so many times, you don’t learn hacking, you learn through hacking.

  55. d thing u mention abt limba book of record..u r absolutly wrong..he is having limca book of record as youngest author…..chk it out dude…

  56. he is not even cccna certified.people who are ccie security certified ,which is highest level of certification does not claims to be an expert in security ,these buggers claim to be a security expert..

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  58. WATCH THIS VIDEO ON MTV BY ANKIT FADIA…
    I GUESS NO ONE SHOULD EVER READ OR WASTE TIME IN SEARCHING THIS IDIOT…

    I guess people who are interested in hacking should start learning programming and coding.. there are many rfc documents avaible on the internet and wikipedia and google books are good places to start …. u really dont need to learn programming deeply to start hacking , becuase its a broad term… but to become a true hacker .. u need to have DEEP knowlege of stuff.. (WHICH DOESNT JUST INCLUDE COMPUTERS ANYMORE )..

    AND GUYS THINK A LOT!!

      • I would have to slightly disagree with you too. To me a good hacker does NOT have to be a good programmer since not everyone has to be in the same league as RMS or Feynman or Knuth. Someone who has good all the cutting edge tools/scripts/utils at his disposal, and has the *knack* of using them – can do his job a.k.a hacking much better than many of the programmers out there. Why reinvent the wheel if you dont have to make that next gen OS. Just as with our society, there are levels of hacking. I will not call Linus to check vulnerability of my home network, or DDOS-ing someone at work or defacing that stupid website of my neighbor right?
        Even though I understand where you’re coming from, this notion of hacker being a terrific programmer is kind of…. misinterpreted. And that is the prime reason why, I think now, Ankit Fadia gets flamed. He may be a good script kiddie but has been selling himself as some secret-agent-hacker. Now that is plain wrong and I commend your post on “demolishing” his 0.01 android build and making (ignorant Indian) public aware of it. ;)

        Thanks!

        PS: That tube video above had me in splits when he says “BOOYAKA”. He looks and acts like a total nutcase. The host of that show is even worse. This god-awful wannabe generation… sigh!

  59. oh man.. this post made me happy :)
    for years i’ve been waiting for someone to bash this “hacker” …
    i wonder how i never landed up here before ….

    i went to college in 2003 & all the delhi guys used be like – “Dude, this fadia guy is awesome, his book is so awesome”… & when i found his book, i was shocked…
    all i can recall is ping, netstat, port-scanners & that bloody windows command prompt … (windows-95/98 .. cmmon really in 2003)
    PS i was already debian-ed

    his “kewl” TV appearances are no better … couple of youtube videos & i was so pissed….

    we should collect all the copies of his book & burn them to prevent the next generation from reading it ….

    i’m sure there would be many fools around here in india who would still praise him, but won’t have a clue on who Stallman or Mitnick are …. makes me sad … yet again

    • Just nitpicking, kindly excuse. “Stallman” and “Mitnick” are clearly capital cased whereas “India” is left out the honor. This may well be a typo but happens so often. People get so overwhelmed in glorifying their heroes that they forget who they are and where they belong.

  60. In a country devoid of its heroes such fakes are bound to capture the imagination of masses. Seriously I mean, mediocrity has come to be accepted as a way of life here.

  61. Sandip,
    hats off 2 u buddy, awsome research.
    Today he was here @ my city to preach his speech, just a bunch of gimmicks.
    And lastly, i feel tat i shud warn u, abt writing such stuff abt him, who knws he might hack into wordpress and delete ur blog!! ;-)

  62. nice read..i request you to do some research on this guy too..

    http://www.facebook.com/officialrahultyagi ..he is claiming to be speaker at defcon but name is not mentioned on any page of defcon site..

    He is also claiming himself as top 4th hacker of india(http://www.csaho.com/hackwave/speakers-profile.html). also have a look at this (http://techhacxdbec.weebly.com/uploads/8/4/4/1/8441084/profile_of_rahul_tyagi.pdf)

    written some books also on hacking too..requesting you to put your efforts to continue your demolition drive.

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  64. i m still in doubt whether he is fake or not……

    but one day on MTV i saw about “what the hack”(of 20 mins) i got execited that it is by ankit fadia and put reminder on that.

    And in the show “HE TOLD ABOUT A WEBSITE WHICH CONVERTS THE VIDEOS FORMATS” :-)

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  66. My friend had taken me to Ankit Fadia’s talk sometime back and I found him to be a joke! Most of the audience were starry-eyed computer illiterates who wanted to learn to “hack” to impress their friends. They looked up to Ankit Fadia as the answers to all their questions. But Mr. Fadia rushed out of the conference as soon as he finished talking…he avoided taking any questions. Good for him because I was ready with few.

    A few days back I attended a workshop on Hacking. The guest speakers were all tech wizards. One of the speakers – Vivek Shangari – was an expert in a language called Lisp used in AI. He spoke about Hacking in its true sense – writing great programs as apposed to breaking into computers. He walked the talked and actually made programs and wrote small games during his talk. Audience threw lot of complicated questions to him during and after his talk and he answered them with such ease – every answer demonstrated with a program he would write and show there and then. The other speakers were equally brilliant. But this guy left a special impression on the audience because he wrote and debugged code live.

    Why don’t conference organizers get Mr. Ankit Fadia – the greatest hacker in the world – in the same forum as these guys? Wudn’t a guy like vivek shangari demolish him completely in public?

    But then again, why would Fadia come to such a forum? He chooses the venue and his audience very carefully!

    • Why use a canon to kill a mosquito? There are tens of thousands of penetration-testers in india each one of them far more knowledgeable than fake ankit fadia – just one of them can put him in his place.

      The other point is – no real hacker will agree to share space with a fake like ankit fadia. Just standing next to him would be a big insult!

  67. This guy gave a talk early this month in Ahmedabad. When he was leaving he told a group of college students that he was the inspiration behind the role of the hacker in 3 hindi movies – hacker in the movie “Wednesday”, in – Om Jai Jagdeesh played by Abhishek Bachchan and the hacker in Don 2 played by Kunal kapoor. Is it true?

  68. Sandip – What about Nishant Das Patnaik? He is more believable I think…..But need ur views….

    As regards Mr. Ankit Fadia, I wasted Rs. 150 on his book ‘How to unblock everything on the Internet…’ He must have sat in front of the computer, downloaded the tricks from the Internet and put them together…

    • Nishant Das Patnaik? Will give a look. But frankly writing about these idiots is no longer fun. Let me do what they want. There have been cons before and there will be cons after I die ;-) so why give a shit

  69. Mate

    I got something to tell

    Last year, i attended a workshop on Ethical hacking organized by a famous company. They claimed that Ankit Fadia was a fake and Even hacked his email id instantly. Later he had to beg them to get his id back.

  70. He is a real jackass. wasted my 8500 rupees. the course is such a bull shit. we can learn more from youtube. he just knows nothing about hacking. somebody should file a case and get him arrested for such a fraudulent course. ankit FAGGOT. He and his hackingmobilephones pile of shit.

  71. Rahul tyagi is biggest fraud
    he is a fake guy. the top profile which is supporting is also a fake profile of rahul tyagi.
    he is the best spammer of india

  72. Good stuff Sandip. Unfortunately some of the most “famous” guys are basically flourishing because of the help they get from some amazing “hackers”. That includes book writers(helped by coauthors) and few other renowned programmers etc. This guy and that Nishant I think had written another book “software hacking” or something of that sort, I don’t even want to google and confirm – it is a complete copy paste from openrce and few other reverse engineering forums.. pathetic that some prominent books stores in Bangalore like Sapna are categorizing it under “fast selling”.. I have been learning about computer security for past few years.. have two security certifications from ECCouncil …and currently into reverse engineering.. let me tell you based on my knowledge and experience – this guy is bullshit!!!

  73. Just wanna say A BIG THANKS!! I was just searching his books then spontaneously my mouse got clicked on your site and I came to know that Ankit Fadia is nothing but a fake with very nice luck!! my idiot teacher is too a big fan of ankit!! well It will take time for people to know about him!!

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  77. Good to see this thread alive. I wasn’t going to reply for fear of being a thread necromancer! Anyhow, I read your blog and the comments extensively, and as a former victim (I bought the unofficial guide to ethical hacking in its 1st US printing), I can say your words ring true. I read the whole book back then and was wondering why this kid was using Windows 95, even flagrantly admitting it in the book! I was pissed at what a complete waste of money it was. Anyone who defends Ankit is showing their ignorance of anything regarding computer security.

  78. i bought his book software hacking ..it was not related to hacking…but have good stuff about windows 98….sandip dev your finding are very true…..he should not call as hacker….

  79. Dont take him or his course seriously. The thing about his exams – they are very elementary like an iq test, as well as fill in the blanks type and few mcps. Inspite of corroborating the answers later on (as I had typed the entire question paper – 50 odd questions- as well and saved it it email, I could share it later,,,) its impossible that anyone with decent iq can flunk at this (I did….I have 150),thereafter I delved into shareware cracking, different from hacking and am now a professional reverse engineer of industrial strength calibre (in a very short time, and completely self taught:)), something which is a lot more advanced than elementary CEH stuff.

    My conclusion : His exams are rigged. A few friends of mine who cant convert hex to decimal and vice versa scored 90 % and when double checked the results, pretty much the same.

    I noticed that guys who ask a few more questions in his seminars become the target of this rigging even more. He actually cringes at the questions asked in any level of compentence. Complete noobs seem to get through while still being a noob.

    The one point why he seems to favour the idiots is because of the viral value where the over enthusiastic winners go about tooting about the value of the course. Its a good marketing ploy. He did not build this course for professionals, its for the regular masses. Because smarter people are fewer, recruit idiots to bring in more idiots.

    His books are not all that worthless in the sense that if you take it as not his work but rather as an encyclopedia off the internet, its just ok. The Nishant Patnaik book is ok, the pacing is ok but is not very indepth regarding windows internals, but the initial hand holding is done well in the tone for a beginner.

    SANS courses also have the same problem, not all, but the GREM malware course seems to be of little value to a real world binary reverser. Honestly, in my experience, most reversers I have come across from India in the malware domain can be given a run for their money especially the ones who have done the grem certification. All this is a fake sense of security. Fadia did it then, someone else will do it today. Opportunists are many.

    The best security researchers are usually self taught and modest, but hard hitting when it comes down to the job. Success like the giants come after years of genuine contribution and community building. In the case of fadia, I would like to see him in any one of the International security conferences like BlackHat or Defcon.

    He is not a savant, nor near a professional like me and others of the ilk.
    Ankit if you have the balls, lets get to a reversing/hacking/cracking session personally with me and my friends, ok. Find me, you are the hacker arent you?

    Anyways, dear fellow youths, I am also one of you, and I got things easy, believe me. Please dont go for any of his courses.

    SANS courses are fine, penetration testing courses (which is hacking officially known as for you noobs out there) from SANS and Offensive Security are good.

    Also remember the best business men are the college dropouts and the best techies are the self taught ones…go start the learning yourself. Be above the crowd, if you can that is. That is the best advice I can give as someone who lives and breaths computers, with ease :)

  80. @Sandip: well researched Sandip. Thank you for defacing the frud. And by the information you have provided in the comments section proves that you know computers very well, better than fadia. I want to know, have you done engineering in cse or any other course ? Pls tell me, because I am going to do engg cse next year. Thnx

  81. fadia he was a kid in hacking…it had already proven………proof: His website has been hacked my 17 year old Indian boy with a caption “Fadia you are a kid in front of me”…………..Ha Ha Ha

  82. U have done a great research on him. Kudos to that!!! however, all his achievements do have proofs which i am surprised u havent found. Just b4 u decide to trash smones life n career u should also do a research on what exists and not just what does not. :)

  83. i can’t comment on anything above since i am not a hacker, even from distance :-). however i just want to make one fact correct about ankit fadia, he used to be Micorsoft MVP. since MS doesn’t have alumni site you can’t find him.

    however since i am associated with MVP program for past 8 year, i can vouch for that fact . though never interacted with him….

  84. Unfortunately I happen to buy one of his book long back in school days, Finished it up disappointed.
    Attended one of his “Seminars” at college, and he had to run away from all the questions :)

  85. Thanks for so much research on AF, Sandip! Recently, economic times has started a campaign called “ET against half knowledge”. You have been already trying to do your part in this way since long time!
    As far as the above MVP claim is concerned, I used this link to find him but can’t: https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/communities/mvp.aspx?adv=1
    By the way, the search says that it shows the list of only those MVP who want to share their info. Not sure about alumni list. May be, Ankit is very humble and doesn’t want to brag about such small feats. :P

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  87. hey frnd watever u all said i m agree with it, dat he jst a copycat, bt at d same time if u give a look in our best indian people dey r all as d same (shahrukh khan, karan johar, aishwariya rai, farhan akhtar) dey r all a big copycat. so as i blv we sud well understand dat dis bacha is not less dan amitabh bachan in his field…… :)
    now if u all wanna give gaali 2 me to de sakte ho ;)

  88. u gotta give the dude credit tho..even tho he doesnt know much he made loads of money…i think he deserves it…he hacked into illiterate peoples minds…if ppl get fooled they prbably deserve it….

  89. Hi…its me again… :)

    Did he really study in stanford university though…..!..his wikipedia page seems legit…plz edit those also so that ppl dont get scammed into his hacking course n books…thx!

  90. Awesome. You took the words out of my mouth. I too had read about the guy in various tech magazines and even at the time thought it all sounded hyped up. And when I bought one of his books, I understood what a dumbass he was.

  91. Salute to you sir jee.
    I want to confess that I too felt that Ankit Fadia was really a genius, achieving so much in a short span of life.
    But now that I know the reality , I’m going to share this with everyone…. Let the truth uncover…
    Thanks for taking out so much time and doing all the research..

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