When 25-year-old Ankit Fadia and his team came on board the investigations after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, the Pakistan-trained terrorists’ cover was blown. Until then, the cyber cell of Mumbai Police was on a wild goose chase.
“Investigations showed that the [terror-related] e-mails were sent from Russia and Saudi Arabia,” says Fadia, the youngest ‘ethical hacker’ this generation has known and now an MTV Youth Icon, 2008. “But we traced that the terrorists were actually sitting in Pakistan and using proxy servers of these countries to hide their identity.”
In Delhi to educate top CEOs — mostly more than twice his age — about cyber security, Fadia sums up, “The next attack on a country’s sovereignty is not going to be with an AK-47, but through the Internet.”
Awareness is pretty dismal, he has to admit, mentioning an instance while he was attending a training seminar for the Delhi Police. “One of the first questions an inspector asked me after the seminar was over was, ‘Yeh Internet ki building kidhar hai?’ For him, Internet meant a huge building of some sort that they need to protect with laathis,” quips Ankit. “And this is the nation’s Capital!”