By Syed Sujeel Ahmed
Software Engineer - India
March 24, 2009
Anyone who surfs the internet or chats over a messenger program has
probably experienced a virus or chatterbot attack of one form or
another. As a result either their messenger logs off or they are faced
with unwanted annoying messages popping up every now and then.
Before becoming a whiz kid, Sahil Khan had faced a similar situation
when he was trying to chat with his father who was away from home in
Mumbai. Instead of becoming frustrated, he used the situation as an
opportunity to experiment and fiddle around with the applications on his
computer, and succeeded in keeping the malware out.
His juggling techniques soon took him to the pinnacle of ethical
hacking, ultimately making him one of the youngest ethical hackers in
India. At the tender age of 13, he even launched his first book on
hacking. But his young age is not the only thing that makes this
teenager an extraordinary achiever.
From Modest Background
Sahil Khan, now a 16-year-old, comes from a lower middle class Muslim
family that resides in the Kasab Pura area of Sadar Bazar, Delhi. His
father, Suleman Khan is a Hakeem (Unani medicine practitioner) and runs
a clinic on Mumbai's crowded Mohammad Ali road. His mother, a home
maker, also tutors primary school students to make ends meet.
His voyage into the world of computers began at the remarkable age of
eight. When he was still in the second grade of the New Sun Public
School in Delhi, he delivered an impressive speech on computers on the
eve of India's Independence Day celebrations. He was applauded by Mr.
Harun Yousuf, the Delhi Minister of Food and Civil Supplies who
declared, "this boy will do wonders in the world of computers."
Nearly five years later, he made the dignitary proud by proving his
words right and launched his first book on hacking titled Hackers and
Crackers published by ABC Press, New Delhi and released by Kapil Sibbal,
the Indian Union Minister of Science and Technology.
During the same year, he also developed nine Windows-based computer
games using C and C++ programming languages, which he made available
over the internet as freeware. Among the games he developed are War
Planes, Car Racing and Click on Ball.
What's even more amazing is the fact that this whiz kid is self taught
and has never taken a computer class. Khan gained his knowledge of
computers through reference books and he also applies some of his own
After the success of his first edition, Khan went on to publish a second
edition of Hackers and Crackers as well as The Anatomy of Computer
Viruses, which were released by Renuka Choudhary, the Indian Minister of
State for Women and Child Development and Sheela Dixit, the Chief
Minister of Delhi respectively.
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