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[ISN] The digital hacktivist

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Wed Jan 25 2012 - 07:53:50 GMT

[Anyone want to place some bets on the number of sites hacked
based on techniques mentioned Ankit Fadia's 'How to Unblock Everything on the
Internet' - WK]

By Gopal Sathe
Jan 24 2012

Q&A | Ankit Fadia

In an age where the government threatens to restrict access to the Internet,
people need to arm themselves with the knowledge to work around any attempts at
censorship, says author and “ethical hacker” Ankit Fadia. His new book, How to
Unblock Everything on the Internet, offers 50 workarounds for most common
blocks. Fadia says the book is for “non-technical users”, and many of the tips
are indeed extremely simplistic - from suggestions such as using Google
Translate and viewing Web pages as emails, to more complex systems such as
setting up VPNs (virtual private networks) and information about proxies. The
book offers little that is new or unique, but people who aren’t familiar or
comfortable with technology will find it helpful.

Fadia is not respected among hackers, who accuse him of being inexperienced and
lacking depth of knowledge, and of making a quick buck out of information that
is freely available on the Internet. Despite this, Fadia remains one of the few
well-known hackers in India, and even as he acknowledges the allegations
against him, he is quick to point out that his goal is not to write for the
technological elite, but for everyone. Edited excerpts from an interview:

What was your goal in writing this book? Who are the people that need to read

I think everyone should be reading this book today. In December, I heard (Union
minister) Kapil Sibal talk about censoring social networking sites, and I
started to think about government bans and blocks. If India starts to cover up
sites like China does, then the people need to know how to work around this.
Social media and Google are powerful tools, and blocking them is an
undemocratic attack on freedom of speech. I started writing these tips for
college-goers and office workers, whose internal company networks needlessly
cut off large parts of the Internet, but today this kind of knowledge is
something everyone should have.


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