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The Youngest Ethical Hacker in India

The Youngest Ethical Hacker in India
The Youngest Ethical Hacker in India 

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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