Friday, February 11, 2011

Hosni Mubarak: Life and times

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has resigned his presidency and handed over power to the military, Vice President Omar Suleiman announced on Friday on Egyptian State Television. In this March 7, 1983 photo, Egyptian President Mohammad Hosni Mubarak greets Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on his arrival for the opening session of the 7th NAM summit, in New Delhi. Mubarak resigned on Friday after 30 years in rule. After 18 days of unprecedented protests across the country, Mubarak's 30 year rule of the North African country came to an abrupt end.

Born in 1928 in the village of Kafr el-Moseilha in the Nile delta province of Menoufia, he rose through the ranks of the Air Force when Egypt was locked in conflict with Israel, eventually becoming Air Chief Marshall after the Yom Kippur or Ramadan war 1973, in which Egypt reversed some of the humiliation of the 1967 Six Day war defeat. He then became President Anwar Sadat's trusted Vice-President in 1975

Six years later at a military parade, Mubarak was rushed to safety as Islamic militants sprayed the leaders' podium with bullets, assassinating Sadat. Mubarak was unscathed; he was sitting right next to Sadat, prompting many to speculate about whether a conspiracy or incredible good fortune were behind his safety.

Mubarak was named president seven days later in October 1981 and proceeded to carry on the main tenets of Sadat's post-Gamal Abdul Nasser years. Nasser, Egypt's first post revolution leader, had been the focal champion of pan-Arabism, Arab socialism and nationalism, in the 1950s and 1960s, maintained a state of war with Israel, had close ties with Moscow, and was a leading figure of the non-aligned movement.

In a March 19, 1985 file photo, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, center, welcomes Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, right, and King Hussein of Jordan during a surprise visit to Baghdad. Egypt's vice president says Mubarak resigned on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 as president and handed control to the military. Sadat made peace with Israel, switched Egypt's super power alliance to Washington in exchange for huge injections of economic and military aid, opened up the economy, creating a rich elite, and ruthlessly repressed the Muslim Brotherhood.
As the years went by, Mubarak became more aloof, carefully choreographing his public appearances, and his authoritarian governing style appeared increasingly out of sync with a world focused on economic and political openness.

Mubarak was a regional heavyweight, and a familiar face on the international stage, often involved in the various, mostly aborted, attempts at Middle East diplomacy and peace negotiations. It was his continued crackdown of the Islamic opposition, however which nearly brought him the same fate as Sadat. In June, 1995, Mubarak narrowly escaped assassination in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, as he arrived at an Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit. His car was riddled with bullets by jihadists, but he again survived. Upon his return to Cairo, he told reporters, "Suddenly I found a blue van blocking the road and somebody just flat on the ground and machine guns started. For me it was shocking. What's that? Then I realised there were bullets coming in our car."

In a Sept. 28, 1995 file photo, President Bill Clinton, left, speaks with Yassar Arafar, center, and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, right, during a reception for Middle East leaders in Washington. Egypt's vice president says Mubarak resigned on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 as president and handed control to the military.

As his contemporaries, Jordan's King Hussein and Syria's Hafez Al Assad, died and were replaced by their sons, observers speculated that Mubarak would lay the foundations for his son, Gamal to follow suit. Many Egyptians feared that Gamal might end up with the presidency, and that fuelled further resentment towards the regime. Mubarak never appointed a vice president as the constitution required. Critics said he wanted no rivals, but he repeatedly said the parliament dominated by his ruling party would oversee the succession in accordance with the constitution.

Extremist attacks hit Egypt several times during his time in power, before and after the September 11 attacks. Most prominent, were the massacre of 58 tourists at Luxor in 1997 and the Taba attacks in 2004 that targeted Israeli tourists, and left some 34 people of varying nationalities dead. Another of his long-term cotemporaries, the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, with whom he shared an at times difficult relationship, died in November 2004, and was accorded a statesman's funeral in Cairo before his burial in Ramallah.

In a July 25, 2002 file photo, French President Jacques Chirac, right, and his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak gesture during a news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Egypt's vice president says Mubarak resigned on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 as president and handed control to the military. On the domestic front, democratic credentials were never a priority for Mubarak, who kept the pro-reform and Islamic opposition cowed or imprisoned. Anti-government demonstrations gained strength in 2004 and 2005, led by the "Kifaya" (enough) pro-reform movement, and the Muslim Brotherhood. The government ensured that the first ever presidential elections, held in September 2005, were a foregone conclusion, in spite of a constitutional amendment which allowed others to stand against the incumbent. The purported move toward democratic reform retrenched sharply when opponents made gains, and Mubarak jailed both his main secular opponent, Ayman Nour, and leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.Mubarak easily won a fifth term, the previous four having come by referendum.

Turnout was low in March 2007, in a rushed referendum on amending Egypt's constitution, changes the government touted as democratic reforms but critics dismissed as attempts to curtail rights and consolidate the regime's power.

In this Oct. 6, 1981 file photo, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, right, and Vice President Hosni Mubarak are seen on the reviewing stand during a military parade just before soldiers opened fire from a truck during the parade at the reviewing stand, killing Sadat and injuring Mubarak. Egypt's vice president says Mubarak resigned on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 as president and handed control to the military. AP The authorities claimed more than 75 percent of voters approved their changes. The opposition insisted the poll was rigged. He remained Washington's closest ally in the Arab World, along with Saudi Arabia, though he warned that the Iraq war would create scores of Bin Ladens.

He endorsed former US President George W. Bush's push for Israeli-Palestinian final status negotiations and a two-state settlement which consequently foundered.
When Hamas destroyed the wall at the Rafah crossing, effectively ending the Israeli blockade of Gaza in January this year for some days, Mubarak instructed his troops to keep the border open. "I told them to let them come in and eat and buy food and then return them later as long as they were not carrying weapons," he told reporters. The Bush administration seemed to tire of Mubarak's anti-democratic tendencies, as reflected in a brief flying visit by the president during his major Middle East tour in January 2008.

In this June 1, 1990 file photo, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak visit a panorama and weapons exhibition of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's vice president says Mubarak resigned on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 as president and handed control to the military. Applying the same dictum to their other autocratic and monarchy-led friends in the region, they were more wary of the possible populist alternative - a militant Islamic party in power. After the Algerian paradigm, the rise of Hamas, Hezbollah, and stealth of Iran under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mubarak's strongest international card was always his maintenance of the status quo, though it won him few admirers at home. Mubarak's health was frequently called into question by observers in recent years, although discussions were usually kept under tight control by the regime and public statements on the issue were rare.

In an Aug. 18, 1981 file photo, Egyptian Vice-President Honsi Mubarak, right, speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in Alexandria, Egypt. Egypt's vice president says Mubarak resigned on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 as president and handed control to the military.
In 2006, an editor was sentenced to six months in prison for reporting on rumours about the president's health. Mubarak later pardoned the journalist. Many diplomats and Egyptian political observers believe his health took a downturn after the sudden death of his 12-year-old grandson in May 2009. However, Mubarak continued travelling abroad and touring Egyptian provinces. In March 2010, Mubarak underwent an operation in Germany to remove his gall bladder after temporarily handing over power to the prime minister.
Source: Associated Press

Echoes of Gandhi in Egypt

Washington: US President Barack Obama heard echoes of history in the way Egyptians brought about change through the "moral force of nonviolence" like India's Mahatma Gandhi "leading his people down the path of justice."

"Egyptians have inspired us, and they've done so by putting the lie to the idea that justice is best gained through violence," he said in praise of the Egyptian revolution hours after President Hosni Mubarak finally stepped down Friday.

"For in Egypt, it was the moral force of nonviolence - not terrorism, not mindless killing - but nonviolence, moral force that bent the arc of history toward justice once more," Obama said in a six-minute speech from the White House. "And while the sights and sounds that we heard were entirely Egyptian, we can't help but hear the echoes of history - echoes from Germans tearing down a wall, Indonesian students taking to the streets, Gandhi leading his people down the path of justice," Obama said.

"As Martin Luther King said in celebrating the birth of a new nation in Ghana while trying to perfect his own, "There is something in the soul that cries out for freedom," he said.
"Those were the cries that came from Tahrir Square, and the entire world has taken note.
"Today belongs to the people of Egypt, and the American people are moved by these scenes in Cairo and across Egypt because of who we are as a people and the kind of world that we want our children to grow up in," Obama said. "The word Tahrir means liberation. It is a word that speaks to that something in our souls that cries out for freedom." "And forevermore it will remind us of the Egyptian people-of what they did, of the things that they stood for, and how they changed their country, and in doing so changed the world," Obama said.

In Tehran, Iran congratulated the Egyptian people on their "victory." "We congratulate the great nation of Egypt on this victory and we share their happiness," Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in a statement, according to the Press TV. Salehi also sought to draw a connection with the 32nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and Mubarak's resignation. "Today, our dear people with their millions-strong turnout [in Friday's demonstrations] while hailing the glorious Islamic Revolution across Iran, announced their support for the brave and justice-seeking movement by the history-makers of Egypt."
Salehi also called on the Egyptian army to join the people in their pro-democracy movement.

The channel also quoted Iran's National Security Council secretary Saeed Jalili as saying: "The United States and Europe must be answerable to the Egyptian people for supporting a dictatorship for 30 years."
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that he expected Egyptian authorities would ensure the normal functioning of governmental bodies. The current events in Egypt are evidence that "the existing government is approaching the problems responsibly and is opting to contribute to an intra-national agreement". Lavrov also said he hopes that the country's opposition will be ready to stabilise the situation. "[We] expect that all the latest events will help to reestablish stability, will ensure the normal functioning of all authoritative bodies and that not only structures of the current government but also opposition powers will express their readiness to stabilise the situation," Lavrov said.
In a related development, the Swiss government has decided to block any assets that may be held in Switzerland by Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey said on Friday. The minister said that a decree was issued shortly after Mubarak stepped down Friday to identify and block any assets belonging to the Egyptian president and his family. It's the same law that was applied in January to ousted Tunisian president Zine el-Abidine ben Ali and incumbent Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo, whose Swiss assets were frozen. Bern has in recent years enacted legislation making it easier to return illegally obtained assets of corrupt leaders to their countries' coffers, on condition the funds are used for the wellbeing of the citizens.

Mubarak's wealth has long been a subject of speculation. According to media reports, he and his family own assets worth more than $40 billion. According to the Swiss National Bank, Egyptian deposits in Swiss bank accounts totalled 3.6 billion Swiss francs ($3.7 billion).
Source: IANS

US Embassy Involvement In Swedish Copyright Issues

from the no-surprise-there dept
It's long been common knowledge that US diplomats have had a heavy hand in other country's copyright laws but, with the Wikileaks release of State Department cables, we're finally seeing some actually confirmation of that. We've already covered the US's involvement in Spain's proposed copyright changes and now a Swedish television station claims to have a cable (not yet released by Wikileaks) that shows heavy "behind the scenes" involvement by the US Embassy in Swedish copyright law.

The key points are that the US diplomat admits that public perception is (quite accurately) that the raid and subsequent trial of The Pirate Bay was due to pressure from the US government and that public perception was in favor of The Pirate Bay and against the US government's position on copyright law. Thus, "this delicate situation made it difficult, if not counter-productive, for the Embassy to play a public role on IPR issues. Behind the scenes, the Embassy has worked well with all stakeholders."

Why do I get the feeling that "all stakeholders" seemed to leave out the public and actual content consumers who were (as stated) very much against the US government's position on copyright laws. However, the cable also lays out six specific items that the US Embassy hoped the Swedish government would follow through on with regards to copyright law... and apparently five of the six have since been implemented. So despite the public being very much against these ideas, the US government (at the urging of the US entertainment industry) directly meddled in Swedish copyright policy.

source wikileak & Kai

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I am CAT... they are COPYCAT

T he whole Hackers community knows that there is only one Cat and she is most loved and hated by everyone around. I understand the sentiments of hackers that’s why never take things to heart. Now since I started Hacker5 and our cyber security company hackers have become an integral part of my life. This article is just to read and enjoy but not to attack any DP or profile please don’t misunderstand me again. There is one common factor in our Hindi film industry and Face book community of hackers, and that is copying names or making profiles with all famous names. Code Breaker known name in hacking, now if you see there are many such root code, code cracker, code this code that. Same goes with bolly- wood also, one Nagin movie got famous; there after hundreds of Nagins were out to release. Cheetah, tiger, lion, dog all in multiple numbers, every third profile is Hexor and sometimes sequels. Like my bro Chota hacker, he has five Chota Hacker accounts with white cap, red cap, black cap, then no cap, and so on.

When I wanted to choose my handle, as so many times I wrote on blog some rat techie use to bother me and that’s how I got Cat techie name to tease him. Since this cat entered hackers’ world, there was no other cat, it’s only me. This cat was loved, abused, humiliated, attacked, understood misunderstood and messed. Whenever Cat was addressed that was none other than me, but now I feel relaxed. Look at face book community there is one Cat Hacker recentely born, till yesterday it was holding mouse in mouth, today his DP is indicating as if he had loose motions and suffering with malaria. Blue cat, cat rose, revenge cat, wild cat….oh ho ho there are so many cats around. It becomes difficult to understand who is addressing which cat? Today my little friend Kai farmer surprised me when I saw his DP, it was cat not Kai the hat wala. There are hundreds of ‘roots’ hackers, haxors, coders, angles, and now cats too.
One hilarious thing I would like to share here, we created a group called NBC Parivar, initially joined everyone to the group, some fake profiles as usual made entries of some more fakes. Their job is to abuse cat on NBC wall, and create big drama. Some Kissle, some Mahit, some unique news some bunny baghelas, some ICA some in the shell, all groups have common agenda. I am immune to it, but these poor profiles uses to express their grief and we use to through that bugger out of group. He used to make come back with his fake again entry with new dialogs, new dictionary of slangs. I used to be surprised how they can come in like this, finally started doubting intentions of Face Book admin. Later realized the saga of fakes in group, these profiles was assigned agents of this extremists and NBC wall was outlet to their hidden emotions. The whole episode was like comedy circus, though most of them are not of presentable quality; just pure rubbish. Some use innocent four- five years baby’s face as DP and talk like 40 yrs old brat and abuse randomly on wall. I feel pity for those innocent kids.

This is how their journey of shameful imitation of anything thus begins in the morning. Nowadays, they use all group walls to puke their anger and voice their anger. They just crawl one wall to another, one group to another and if not tired then they land in each ones private message. Some of them they literally translate the Hindi slang to English. This is the present day scenario. This way if they want they can produce a fakes even in a fortnight. They have lost their originality. I wonder how these people get so much time in doing all this. Are they really sensible enough citizens of our country?

Till today only profile names were copied but now group names are also copied and registered. A time will come where you will be compelled to say vaidehi cat said so and so to, so and so cat hacker..

If this continues …I am sure, you will crave for more!

Monday, February 7, 2011


I ndia Unknowingly getting involved in Cyber war? Last week DDOS attack were carried out on- many Websites of TUNISIA and ZIMBABWE government. Many attackers were involved from India and other countries too. Loads of traffic was flooding from India - on many of the Egyptian government sites ( as per Internet storm center audit).


Any prevention system is maintained from our ISP end? Hackers around the globe are bombarding official websites in Egypt with a DDOS ATTACK, by the use of tools like Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) and bot sites - may make it easy to use your PC for a denial-of-service attack. Were as many users were visiting DDOS bot site.. And it was triggering an attack from there system to government sites of Egypt where as the same traffic flood was redirected to government network of United States. This message is to inform 'Users' in India not to involve or visit any sites which will trigger a Dos Attack. We request ISP's to monitor the (BOT) sites and traffic flowing from India.

Now the question is that, who are those Indian Hackers involved in this attack? Can Indian Government reach to them? Why these Hackers took part in attacking Egypt?

Don’t you think by doing this, we are indirectly dragging our country in cyber war? “Once DDOS is launched no one can stop" Read in detail how hackers bring online trouble to our country with their unwanted involvements and activities in “ Cat techie” .

Sunday, February 6, 2011

“Hackers can be a boon to our nation”

In an exclusive interview with our correspondent, Gaurav Singh (Rascal)one of the board of directors, shares his thoughts on cyber security and speaks about the upcoming firm called Kaizen.

What is Kaizen and what does this name mean?

Kaizen is a upcoming Information Security Company, which we are going to start with like minded people who are dedicated and passionate and having a vast amount of experience in the Info-Sec domain, and who understands the importance and necessity of Info-Sec in the present world scenario.
Kaizen is actually a Japanese word, Kaizen is a philosophy or you can say its a practice that focus upon continuous improvement of processes in manufacturing, engineering, supporting business process, and management. It has been applied in a lot of fields from healthcare to physiotherapy, from life-coaching to banking and government and many other industries.
"Kaizen" when used in business sense and applied to the workplace, it refers to activities that continually improve all functions, and involves all employees from CEO to the assembly line workers. By improving standardised activities and processes, Kaizen aims to eliminate waste.

What is the purpose behind starting this company?

We are very disappointed by looking at the way many Info-Sec consulting companies are providing services and solutions to Corporate, government organizations and various other small - big organizations. Most of the time the people are not at all aware of the actual security threats and mind sets of cyber criminals who are dedicated to break in to your system and networks.
We have a very dedicated and highly experienced team and we have many ideas and proposals to offer which none of the security companies are offering. We are going to give the best solution and security practice.
Another most important reason behind starting up this company is providing every possible help to our government agencies and bureaus to fight against these cyber criminals and highly sophisticated cyber terrorists who are a big threat to the security of our country.

What is the biggest setback in cyber security agencies?

This is a very sensitive question and I don’t want to make any comment which may not be appropriate. But in short all I can say is that we are lacking with skilled and experienced security professionals in the agencies. Most of the so called ethical hackers who are working with these agencies are neither good nor they have any real experience about these underground hackers. I don’t blame agencies for taking the services from so called ethical hackers as they have no other choice and don’t understand the real danger we are facing from the present day hackers who are very well organised and fully backed up by the government of their countries.
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Author of book “Cyber Terror”, Vaidehi Sachin was awarded the Best editor, Hacker5 at the Hira Manek awards by Chief Justice ,which was successfully organised on Feb 5, 2011 at Birla Matoshree Auditorium. Thanking for the award she spoke about the global threat and the wage of third world war that would have no bloodshed, no arms or weapon, but will give a major jolt to our nation.

Highlighting more on the issue, she said, “The complete war would be virtual, which would take India 15 years back from now since sixty percent of our infrastructure is online based and a war would mean nothing but destruction and devastation. And, it will take ages to recover.”
There has been a tremendous growth in the cyber arena and hence we saw websites of several countries hacked by hackers of their counterpart. With the recent CBI website hack of India along with many other websites, also the latest wikileaks have given the indication of a waging war. Adding further she said, “Everyday thousands of government websites are been scanned by hackers and always hunt for weaker sites. Unfortunately, despite warning the concerned officials about the threats and loopholes in website, the authorities never paid attention nor took initiative to fix the issues resulting hacking of website like of CBI. The government should take this matter seriously and understand the danger it pose to the nation.”

She also said that the Government should secure the cyber space by uniting or utilizing the skills of the hackers of our country. Vaidehi Sachin has initiated a Cyber security firm ‘kaizen’ which is looked after by a well known hacker Gaurav singh (rascal). She along with her young team of hackers is giving cyber security to main streams like stock exchange, power, judiciary and defence. According to them, they want to set a new trend by saying no to the monotonous way of commercializing security agencies.

As predicted by the NASSCOM, unfortunately there are no courses relating to hacking or cyber security in India which are authentic or government approved. Although people who have commercialized it and hit the headline by making huge commercial success, they are unable to fulfil the basic needs of security.

Concluding the speech, Vaidehi said, “It is very saddening that hackers are always seen as criminals in our country they rarely get awarded or rewarded due to the lack of social acceptance and taboo. But, it is not the truth. Hackers are highly skilled and can be very useful for the nation. Their efforts should be appreciated. I thank Hira Manek and its founder Mr. Hardik Hundiya for appreciating the rarer side of the society.”

Stringent Cyber Law– need of the hour

I ndia is far behind in terms of technology to understand SPAM, which takes over the personal security for ride without anyone being aware of it. Is there any spam law in India? Indian government is yet to give its answer for this. Everyday, every hour we see unwanted messages buzzing on our mobile without any sense. It is high time that developing country like ours have a legislation regarding unsolicited commercial SMSes that pops up leaving people irritated. Few service providers claim that if anyone makes a compliant to them, only then they can control these kinds of issues within forty five days. But, in reality this rarely happens. These kind of This SMSes over mobile communications are nothing but ads, news, rumors and promotion = SPAM. Nowadays even in the name of friendship club prostitution and flesh trading is done over SMS. These SMSes are never sent by any service provider but from some third party. These vendors hold huge number of database with mobile numbers of customers which they pass/sell for ads, promotion for few amounts of rupees. It is advised to be alert because, generally in shopping malls, people are given forms to fill in the name of any lucky draws. These people are generally found chasing the customers entering the mall. In some cases, people are even cheated in the name of voting via SMS. Getting greedy over all unwanted schemes and discounts, we land up in mess disclosing all our personal details to these spammers. Is this ever observed by any Cyber Bureau of India? Definitely yes since they too have cell phones and email ids and these spammers doesn’t spare anyone. When they are aware of these spams happening then why don’t they take any action? Is it really difficult to crack such syndicates?

The another kind of spam we all entertaining are “TD-sell 1.own property @2000pm in **** city near developed housing and resorts. “ Details contact - +91 900776 *****, you own so and so club holiday package, or won a lottery “BL- GIFT 2. Congrats you won a brand new fast track watch from smart platinum. In order to get – claim, delivery charges 755/- Rs contact: #+91 98345 ***** . TA-TKR 3. Tomorrow there will be holiday to school, colleges n gov office due to protest over some issue. These kinds of messages are broadcast to lakhs of user at a time. What if rumor, threat or abusive messages are been broadcasted? Can we get lakhs of customers’ mobile numbers in 5000 Bucks? Do we really have any Privacy act / law? This never happen in other countries – the reason is that they have strict spam law and if someone violates the law, the spammers are cracked over night. Why India lack in cyber security? The reason is that we have failed to sense these kinds of next generation threat.

First Mumbai police cyber cell website was hacked, and then vulnerabilities in traffic and highways police websites were found. Inspite of informing them about the loopholes, the issues are not been fixed yet. Pak Cyber Army already declared that they have rooted into maximum government websites, CBI was recently hacked and our expertise was exposed in front of the world. Now is on the hit list of them. The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) continues to be a source of worry for security agencies as intelligence inputs suggest that the premier nuclear facility and its staff housing area are on the hit-list of Pakistan-based terror groups. Extra-vigilant security officials are having a tough time in manning the "Anu Shakti Nagar", the residential complex housing nearly 10,000 people adjacent to the facility, battling BARC authorities for regulating campus' entry and exit, official’s privy to the arrangements said. Recently, two labourers from Kashmir were detained by security personnel manning the complex and released only after their background check was done."BARC has been constant sources of worry for us. Lashker-e-Taiba's American terrorist David Headley had carried out a survey of the location which has made us extra-vigilant," said one of the security officials.Intelligence inputs from various agencies indicate that BARC continues to be one of the favourite targets of LeT whereas other terror groups including the Jaish-e-Mohammed could also make attempts to attack it.

Last month on 31st Jan, Punjab Sind bank was hacked but bank authorities were not even aware of this. Gulshan Rai from CERT informed them every thing well in advance but nothing was done. 90 percent of government websites are on the hit list of Pakistan hackers but Indian government is yet to wake up.

There are many so called ethical hacking classes mushrooming in India, the so called brands of these organizations cater hackers to create threat in common man’s life so that they send one of the ward to learn this baseless ethical hacking. They are using hackers for their business promotions. If someone disagrees to this, then my question is that if these institutions are producing hundreds of hackers a month, then why do we lack securities?

Don’t take Hacking as hobby or craze. As said by NASSCOM there was a shortfall of 35,000 to 45,000 cyber security professionals in India in the year 2010, but its 2011 and still this gap is not filled. It estimates that the demand for Cyber security Professionals, at that time, would be around 90,000 in India. This figure is estimated to touch about 2, 00,000 worldwide. The industry estimates much higher demand in the local as well as overseas market with more and more attacks on systems worldwide. While in college if you had successfully hacked your way into your friends orkut account, edited it and had fun, and were even involved in hacking your college website and adding your ideas to your dean’s thoughts then you may be a budding hacker. And let us inform you that Hacking is illegal! But what if you get paid for what you are good at and still be considered within the law. Surprising but yes, you can be an Ethical Hacker. It is quiet natural to hear from people in the IT field that, what we know today will become of no use tomorrow. With so many changes happening in the IT world this is very common. People are looking towards amassing more knowledge as with recession, companies are willing to hire only those people who are competent enough and also have the skills that can be useful for the company. One area which is still in a lot of demand is that of mainframes. But too many people don’t opt for a career in mainframes. This is because most people love concentrating on the programming side rather than venturing into such fields. One main reason is that they find mainframes to be boring and most companies don’t rely on mainframes, so this gives less of career opportunities. Mainframes will always be in demand as they are the most reliable. Compared to present day languages and other open systems they are not susceptible to virus attacks. This is a huge plus point. Businesses like banks, insurance, retail and money markets which process huge amounts of data need to use mainframes as no other system can be trusted to store huge amounts of data.

We need to wake up……………………….