India’s youngest ethical hacker

Mumbai: He’s a real-life Doogie Howser. A post grad computer programmer at just 10, Shantanu ‘works’ with an IT firm, securing websites from Internet thugs

Every Sunday, when other 12-year-olds spend a lazy day mall ratting or watching a film, Sanjeev (name changed to protect his identity) spends 10 hours brainstorming with IT professionals twice his age on ‘top secret’ assignments.

Sanjeev is India’s youngest ethical hacker and a ‘consultant’ for Mumbai-based IT security certification company, Orchidseven. His work: hacking into websites to demonstrate how vulnerable they are.

He has hacked into the websites of over 50 corporate houses and individuals so far. As the word suggests, ethical hackers are the good guys, who protect legit users from internet thugs virus, worms, etc, which can completely destroy computer systems.

Rajshekhar Murthy, chief information officer, Orchidseven, said the company had certified Sanjeev as the youngest ethical hacker in the country and that they were tapping into his talent. “He is a gifted child and has tremendous grasping ability, which makes him far better than other young professionals,” he said.

When asked of his market value, Murthi said, if Sanjeev could, he would have easily earned a salary Rs 2.5 lakh per month. But as Orchidseven cannot legally hire his services, as he is underage, they will sponsor him for an advance course in cyber security.

Vijay Mukhi, an expert in cyber crime adds, “At this stage it sounds very interesting, but gradually the child will have to specialise in one area.”

For now, this Std VII student of SMPRS school, Mulund, is happy with both work and play cricket and poring over Harry Potter books. “I want to grow up and be a cyber cop, so I can educate youngsters in cyber security,” he grins.

Whiz kid
Age 4: Completed a three-month programming course in 15 days.
Age 5: Mastered Corel Draw, Flash and HTML programming; expert in PaintShop, Photoshop and photo editing.
Age 6: Java, Linux, SQL
Age 7: Passed the MCSE exam, a PG course.
Age 10: Oracle Certified Professional course along with Sun Certified Java. Became a professional programmer.

When Sanjeev met Kalam
>> The boy met former president APJ Abdul Kalam on June 13, 2007. Kalam told him that “the country needs people like you”. (The family was in Nigeria then).
>> Sanjeev’s parents are doctorates and though the boy is a genius, he never had his IQ tested.

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19 Responses to “India’s youngest ethical hacker”

  1. frazee Says:

    i want tp tap landline phone and cell phones how to replay me

  2. gagan Says:

    You have Proud all indian.
    You should have work for country

  3. kiran Says:

    great job done we proud of u frnd

    i want also learn ethical hacking how can i learn plz give me detail through u or any institute plz reply me



  4. DHIREN Says:

    i want to be the best ethicalhacker.can you suggest me any good institutes anywhere in mumbai so i can educate myself and fullfil my dreams thanking you

  5. Rohan Says:

    Hi….! My name is ROHAN.
    i m interested in ethicalhacking. Can u suggest any institute of it in mumbai ? Pls……..

  6. harsha Says:

    Hi .. My Name Is Harsha I Want Know About Hacking Of Gmail Account Can YOu Help Me Out

  7. dhaval Says:

    hi my name is dhaval i want to be a hacker would you suggest
    that which institute was best for me

  8. Gunjan Mehta Says:

    ya this is true
    even i have heard abt him
    and even i live in mulund

  9. Rahul tatkare Says:

    Hi i m completing diploma in software eng and appired in eng or working as s/w support eng. i have craze about hacking so please suggest me what i can do and which inst. I can joint whics

  10. Rahul tatkare Says:

    Hi i m completing diploma in software eng and appired in eng or working as s/w support eng. i have craze about hacking so please suggest me what i can do and which inst. I can joint which cource please it’s request

  11. aakash Says:

    i just completd my h.s.c, i hav optioned ethical hacking as my career, but m confused between some of the institute..
    can u suggest the best institute in mumbai

  12. Gaurav Says:

    plz send me detail about ethical hacking courses institute in mumbai

  13. ajay Says:

    ajay says:
    Hi little bro im proud of you. plz help me to get a password,
    plz get back to me bro

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  15. jimitlotia Says:

    I want to learn ethical hacking can you mail me the details on my email I’d and name of institutes to learn from

  16. jateen patel Says:

    i want 2 learn hw 2 tap cell phones and want 2 become professional hacker.suggest me good institute…i am waiting

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