What the hack?
SUNNY VAGHELA, 23, Professional hacker
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