Ankit Fadia–Youngest Ethical Hacker

Posted on March 6, 2008. Filed under: Computer, People and Places |


Ankit Fadia is an Indian computer security expert who dropped out of Stanford University. He is the author of several books on computer security, the youngest author in the the history of publisher Macmillan India, and an alleged consultant to intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

The BBC says at 14 years of age, Ankit Fadia defaced the front page of an Indian magazine and sent an e-mail to the editor confessing to the hack and suggesting counter measures. He wrote a book on “ethical hacking” at the age of 15, becoming the youngest ever author to be published by Macmillan India.

Fadia was educated at Delhi Public School. He began openly attacking web sites at the age of 14. At 15, In 2000, he wrote The Unofficial Guide To Ethical Hacking, making him the youngest author in the history of Macmillan India.

Fadia has been a frequent guest speaker at company events, college campuses, and at law enforcement agencies in Southeast Asia.

Authenticity of claims

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.

In 2006, Chennai Online reported that Fadia’s consulting clients included several of the largest technology and financial services companies in the world. No other source corroborates that report; were it true, Fadia’s client list would exceed that of many of the largest independent security consultancies. The same article reported Fadia’s involvement in decrypting a message from an Al Qaeda operative; no other source corroborates that claim, nor does any of Fadia’s published work involve cryptography or cryptanalysis.


Book reviews and comments on popular hacker websites fault Fadia for the degree of publicity he has obtained, relative to the value of the information in his books and his contributions to the state of the art. Fadia has obtained an atypical amount of press attention, most of it in his native India, relative to most published authors in the computer security field. Further exacerbating criticism is that much of that attention has revolved around extraordinary claims involving exploits in counterintelligence and technology.

News coverage of Fadia has tended to focus on his age (he was a teenager when most of the stories were written), the novelty of the concept of an “ethical hacker“, and the local interest of a native Indian consulting for United States Intelligence and Law Enforcement services. Fadia has received virtually no press coverage in the United States, despite his extraordinary claims.


According to Indian newspaper Central Chronicle, Fadia earned the IT Leader Award and the Indo-American Society Young Achiever Award in 2005. In 2002, the Limca Book of Records declared him among the “People of The Year”.

Ankit Fadia Certified Ethical Hacker

Now you can be trained and certified by computer security guru Ankit Fadia himself. AFCEH or “Ankit Fadia Certified Ethical Hacker” course is a certification program on computer security. It is a computer security course that helps IT security professionals protect internet enabled computer security systems against cyber security threats and hacking. It helps people become more aware about cyber crime and measures of security to counter it.

They say the first five batches of this course were sold out with 5000 participants from 91 cities across India and now courses have been started in Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and China. This training and certification program is exclusively available at Reliance WebWorld outlets in over 100+ cities across India. You can contact them for the next course details.

All training material for the course including live video lectures, video recordings, video workshop demonstration, online study material, books and online exam will be prepared by Ankit Fadia. Remember AFCEH certification is valid for two years only and you need to retake the examination to renew your certification later.


  • Fadia, Ankit. Network Security: A Hacker’s Perspective, Course Technology PTR, 2006. ISBN 1598631632.
  • Fadia, Ankit. The Unofficial Guide to Ethical Hacking, Course Technology PTR, 2002. ISBN 1931841721.
  • Fadia, Ankit. Hacking Mobile Phones, Course Technology PTR, 2005. ISBN 1598631063.
  • Fadia, Ankit. Intrusion Alert: An Ethical Hacking Guide to Intrusion Detection, Course Technology PTR, 2007. ISBN 1598634143.



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Ankit fadia developed passion for computers when he was just 12 years old and since then there is no looking back. and he was recognised as en ethical hacker at the age of 16. Our salutes to him

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