At 14, I wrote a book on Ethical Hacking
Coimbatore-born Ankit Fadia, 28, a computer security consultant, an author and a self described ethical hacker recalls how his book on 'Unofficial...
Coimbatore-born Ankit Fadia, 28, a computer security consultant, an author and a self described ethical hacker recalls how his book on 'Unofficial Guide to Ethical Hacking' brought him limelight in his childhood. It was ten when my parents gifted me a computer for always being one of the top five students of my class at Delhi Public School, RK Puram, in New Delhi. I spent the first few years playing games on that computer, but later, at the age of 12, I got interested in computer security and hacking so much so that I used to carry programming books to school and read them from below my desk. A couple of times, my teachers caught me and I was shouted at or at times the teacher punished me by sending me out of the school. My teachers didn't like that behaviour of mine, but one my book on computer hacking 'Unofficial Guide to Ethical Hacking' was published, they understood me. I was 14 when the book was published and that brought me into limelight. I vividly remember the disbelief on my teachers' faces and the doubtful glances on my peers' faces when I told them, prior to release of the book. About writing a book, none at the school believed me. They all thought it was big joke. But, to their surprise, when the book was finally released, my teachers were proud of me. The principal called for a special assembly ceremony. Post the launch of the book, a lot of boys were jealous of me. My classmates didn't like my gaining so much attention from teachers, media, all and sundry. Of course, there were a few fans. As a student, I was slightly notorious. Perhaps, being naughty worked for me as that also gave me streak of being curious and inquisitive. Being a mini celebrity had its side effects too. I couldn't make many friends. A lot of my peers had pre-conceived notion that I thought highly of myself or I was too arrogant. And also, I used to travel a lot; in fact during my Class XII boards, I used to travel to different cities to give seminars. But all of it changed when I went to study bachelor's degree in Computer Science at Stanford University. Students there didn't know me and that helped me make lots of friends. (As told to Suhani Dewra)