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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 Das Gupta wears braces and rides a large Bullet. He is what the Matrix would call "an anomaly". He's a hacker whom people pay to break into their own systems. He never went to college, but at 23 receives offers worth over Rs 6 lakh a year from an industry that usually loves degree abbreviations. He's an "ethical hacker". Another anomaly, especially to a large group of underground programmers who don't believe there's such a thing as a virtuous hacker. But Shomiron exists. He's among a growing number of lock-pickers whom corporates and even the government are employing to find out how secure their networks are. In the battle between the good and the evil, one is hiring from the other. According to general opinion, all ethical hackers have been illegal to varying degrees in their past lives.

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'....
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