If you think I’ve just figured out a way to hack gmail/yahoo passwords; you are wrong. However, this post aims at the growing interest of Indian Engineering Kids in so called ‘hacking’.
Thanks to Ankit Fadia. I have met kids (read engineering students) who think attending Ankit Fadia’s class will tell them how to hack into any damn system out there on the Internet. They don’t even bother to understand the meaning of ‘Ethical Hacking’ and are completely unaware of the fact that hacking is different from cracking. Cracking takes an in-depth understanding of computers & networks and I believe most of the wannabe hacker kids haven’t progressed their computer skills beyond Orkut (the advanced ones use Facebook).
In this contrast, I had an opportunity to interact with an Italian Kid, who is a founder of an open source project, has about 4-5 years of experience in PHP, MYSQL and contributes to number of open source projects in his free time. He’s good at graphic design & earns enough to pay for his education by working on custom coding projects. He’s only 17.
…and I can introduce you to many kids in western countries who are like him. I get disappointed every time.
I know I’ll be asked – ‘What’s your problem dude? If kids wanna Orkut, let them do it.”. My answer is – these engineering kids hold the key to my country’s future. That’s why I’m concerned. And I believe you should be concerned as well.
Back to the topic, hacking gmail/yahoo passwords is not easy as far as I know. There are smarter kids in the world who might have figured out how to do that.
–The Big K–