What the hack?

SUNNY VAGHELA, 23, Pro­fes­sional hacker

India Today - - SIMPLY GUJARATI - Con­tact: sunny@sun­ny­vaghela.com

It is his ex­per­tise of be­ing a hacker, al­beit an eth­i­cal one that makes him a saint among the sin­ners. Dur­ing his grad­u­a­tion days at Nirma Univer­sity in 2006, an MMS scan­dal had spread through his col­lege. The univer­sity asked one of its bright­est stu­dents to help Ahmed­abad Po­lice’s Crime Branch in crack­ing the case. Af­ter the suc­cess­ful solv­ing of the MMS case, Sunny Vaghela worked reg­u­larly with the Crime Branch and steadily started as­sist­ing the govern­ment in a lot of cy­ber crime cases.

THE JOUR­NEY The path for this un­usual ca­reer was paved when at the age of 16, his per­sonal email id was hacked. Fu­ri­ous at his per­sonal space be­ing at­tacked, he “started dis­cov­er­ing and gath­er­ing knowl­edge of IT and cy­ber se­cu­rity.” Vaghela has helped solve sev­eral cases of phish­ing, fake im­per­son­ation, orkut hack­ing, data theft and es­pi­onage with the lo­cal crime branch. He shot to fame when Gu­jarat govern­ment sought his help in solv­ing cy­ber crime is­sues and ter­ror­ist in­flux. “It was an hon­our to have suc­cess­fully ob­tained the confidential in­for­ma­tion on the banned or­gan­i­sa­tion ‘Ja­maat-ud-dawah’ for Mum­bai Anti Ter­ror­ist Squad (ATS) dur­ing Novem­ber 2008.

CY­BER SAFE Two years ago this Ahmed­abad boy founded Techde­fense, a com­pany which trains stu­dents, cy­ber-pro­fes­sion­als, po­lice­men and oth­ers to fight both cy­ber crime and cy­ber ter­ror in ev­ery form. This is all to fur­ther his dream of see­ing a se­cure In­dian cy­ber space.

“My team plans to in­tro­duce an online

por­tal that will in­form how se­cure

a prod­uct is”

sec­ond opinion “Sunny has played a vi­tal role in cre­at­ing aware­ness about cy­ber crimes in the coun­try” DR C MUTHAMIZHCHELVAN, DI­REC­TOR, FAC­ULTY OF EN­GI­NEER­ING AND TECH­NOL­OGY, SRM

UNIVER­SITY

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