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Monday, Nov 29, 2021
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Virtuosity

Some from the www underground are born again, as they realise the constructive potential of hacking

Virtuosity
Atul Loke
Virtuosity
outlookindia.com
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Shomiron quit ICICI's security consultancy wing a few days ago because he was tired of "writing recommendations instead of doing real hacking work". Constructive break-in is also called "penetration test", an expression the industry uses to abolish the much-feared word 'hacking'. Such a test can go on for days, with the hacker clocking over 20 hours every day. Shomiron plans to start his own intrusion analysis firm that will monitor the networks of clients, detect hack attempts and offer baits called "honey pots".

Twenty-five-year-old Karthik Shinde too rides a Bullet, but he doesn't wear braces. He works for a security consultancy company that does a lot more than just penetration tests. Once when his boss wanted to prove to a client that its confidential documents are easily available in public domain, Karthik had to fish in five garbage bins in Bandra where the client usually disposed its waste. He loves the "broad nature" of his job, even if it deviates from conventional hacking. One of his primary ambitions, though, is to take part in the Capture The Flag contest, an annual hacking grand slam held in a Las Vegas casino. One of the low points in "the art of hacking", according to Karthik, is that there are virtually no girls. "Womanz", as an underground hacker would later longingly describe the gender.

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