[Fsf-tn] Ankit Fadia: The real picture (FWD)

Shakthi Kannan cyborg4k@[EMAIL-PROTECTED]
Wed Apr 5 16:17:56 IST 2006


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Dear All,

Yesterday (03-04-2006)I attended a seminar by a
so-called "Hacking Guru" Ankit Fadia, at DAVV, Indore
(MP) auditorium. I just want to share my feelings with

The Seminar was a complete failure, though it was
attended by about well over 100 people, but was a
complete disaster.

The very first thing by which I was offended badly was
using the sacred word "Hacking" to demonstrate
something we, the hackers, call cracking. The seminar
topic was "Ethical Hacking", now I want to ask Mr
Fadia, what is unethical about hacking ? Hacking is
very positive word and there in no need to put
"Ethical" before it. By the way his seminar topic
should be "Ethical Cracking".

If you really want to become a hacker, please read an
article by a real hacker, Eric Steven Raymond (ESR).
The man who changed the history by writing a paper
"Cathedral and Bazaar". please read the article here :

The people who can not differentiate between hacking
and cracking, should read an article by the GOD of
hackers Richad M Stallman (RMS), the man who started
GNU movement all by himself. The gcc (compiler), gdb
(debugger), emacs (editor) are some of the most
popular softwares in the world written by him. Please
read the article here :

The things Fadia demonstrated were ancient techniques
used by crackers to break into some one's machine. Now
a days even 10 year olds can download these tools from
Internet to control others'  machines. Can we call
them hackers ??  If he calls it hacking, I doubt if he
understands the term even "Cracking", leave hacking
altogether. This childish behavior is called
script kiddie.

IP spoofing, SQL Injection, password cracking
softwares, Trojan horse programs, these are the tools
of cyber criminals. So I wonder what is the
significance of the term "Ethical" here ??

In the entire session I kept waiting for some program
or utility, written by himself. But I don't thing he
had something like this to share withaudience. The
entire session was demonstration of third party
utilities, and the saddest thing was no  mention of
the name of any author of any utility. He didn't care
to give some credits to the utility developers. What a

shame !!!

Mr Fadia, I real hacker always respect the creativity
of others, and beforeusing their work proper credits
are given, this is the hacker's attitude. It's not
like that, you download something from Internet, use
it and forget the person, who made it. That's pretty

Second most annoying thing was that he calls himself a
"hacker" and was using a Windows XP operating system

I have been in to computers for the past 10 years and
I never come across any real hacker who uses Windows.
I met Brian(Apache creator), Andy Cleen, Alon cox,
Rusty (all networking gods), RMS (the GOD himself) but
all of them were using some or other form of Unix or

Come on, MR Fadia, Windows is the worst OS in the
world, full of security holes, so what is the point to
break into a  Windows machine ???? What do you want to
prove ????

He only once mentioned Linux, just to tell how you can
use it's live CD to boot a Windows machine and cracke
the password.

Actually, before attending the seminar, I Googled a
lot about Fadia and his work. But what I could find
was self acclaiming statement by Fadia about himself
and his future and just crap, crap and crap by
technology illiterate Indian news papers' reports.

I just want to share my findings with you.

Vulnerabilities patches by Fadia          =     0 (He
may know how to break in, but doesn't know how to fix
Bugtraq id's by Fadia                          =     0
Hacking / Security tool by fadia           =     0 (He
simply Google and download the tools from Internet,
that's not cracking. Actual cracker is the programmer,
but Fadia never ever gives due credits. Now that's not
hacking, that's stealing)
Any open source software by Fadia     =    0 (He is
afraid of suggesting Linux to people, 'coz it's
Any Linux or Windows software security patch   =     0
Any recommendation or recognition by Real Hacker
Community   =     0  (They laugh at him. He is just a
Software / Cryptography patents by Fadia        =    
Algorithms by Fadia                                   
   =     0
Any official citation by FBI/CIA/CBI for Fadia   =    
0 (They don't even bother about any explanation)
Any confirmation of his self-claims                  =
    0 (Nobody, expect him knows, if they are real)
Any confirmation of him decrypting Osama's message    
   =     0 (Hahahahahahahaha)
Any original technical tutorial or book by Fadia   =  
 0 (He simply copy the things and never he never ever
gives due credits to the original authors.)
Any originality in his tutes or books             =   
 0 (Hahahahahahaha)
Skill level of Fadia                                  
  =     Only God knows !!!

I tried to read a few books by him, but to my wonder
some part of his books are nothing but simple "copy
and paste" material from well known sites for Windows
registry editing. Please visit www.winguides.com and
compare the
material with his first book. Oh God !  this is the
clear violation of intellectual property rights of the
website. Please inform the webmaster. I have done it

I was astonished by the course he came to promote
here, "Ethical hacker certified by Ankit Fadia" ! He
sill is child in hacking field, and he is giving the
certificates for hacking ?????  And worst thing,
Reliance web world is promoting it. What a shame !!! 
Have all gone mad ? Can't they see?

Unfortunately, question and answer round was cut from
the seminar, that's also because of Fadia arrived
there one hour late. Well, that's India's celebrity
style statement. Otherwise, I would have asked all
these questions to him there only.

Anyways, I went to him at the end of the seminar, and
asked if Windows is so vulnerable, can he suggest
audience to use Linux rather than Windows. And the
reply came was straight "NO". What a shame ???

I understood the reason, why he said no. The reason is
same why Microsoft does not patch up it's OS. Plain
economics. If you make system secure with Linux who is
going to ask for people like Fadia, so called
"security expert" ???

I want to make an appeal to all of you, please make
all of your friends aware of these facts. Let one
should not get undeserved advantage. I also want to
appeal news papers, please do not make a hero out of
nothing. Stop polluting the honest media by prejudiced

And at the end I want to tell Mr Fadia, that I don't
have any personal problem with you or your
achievements, but please behave properly in hacking
community. We hackers are very positive people we
never ever try to harm anybody, until he comes to our
or our philosophy's way. Please stop calling your self
a hacker, if does not understand the hacker culture.

And for god sake, stop behaving like a child, now you
are in college, so GROW UP !!!


PS : I am sending this mail to Mr Fadia, Reliance web
world, most of Linux mailing lists and all of my
friends. Please post your comments at
lug-indore at googlegroups.com

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