In 2019, a vulnerability was discovered for the first time in an Internet-connected smart TV. The vulnerability was related to the hackers breaking into a router and taking control of a Samsung TV connected to the Internet to monitor people’s activities and steal data from the camera on the TV, Bug that can hack the camera of a smart tv
The vulnerability, first discovered in the domain of smart television, was later followed by other hackers around the world. At the same time, other bugs were also discovered.
In the field of cyber security, Pankaj Thakur of Nepal was the first to discover such a bug in television. After Thakur’s revelation, even the world cyber security world started following him.
Only a few months ago, the Automated Recognition Framework Engine, which is used by hackers to gather information while testing penetration of web applications and sites, became public. Developed by Nepali cyber security researcher Yogesh Ojha, the tool remained trending in the global cyber world.
Not only that, the number of Nepali hackers in BugCrowd, one of the most important Bug Bounty platforms in the world, has already been reported in the list of top ten countries.
From these examples, it can be understood that the contribution of Nepali youth in the field of information technology and cybersecurity has not been neglected and left behind as a third-world country.
However, the level of civic awareness and use of cybersecurity is not satisfactory. But the inclination, attraction, and growing level of expertise of the youth towards cybersecurity are remarkable. The credit goes to their own interest, curiosity, attachment, and hard work.
Pankaj Thakur, a 22-year-old cyber researcher and ethical hacker, has made a name for himself in the world of cyber security by overcoming the challenge of traditional educational learning due to this interest, curiosity, attachment and hard work.
Pankaj Thakur, who returned to Nepal from Hyderabad after completing his final year examination in cyber security, is finding cybersecurity of various companies around the world by finding some kind of vulnerability and loophole every day.
By discovering the vulnerability of the world’s largest companies, such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, the BBC, the world’s largest media company, and even the world’s most expensive car maker, He learned hacking from the game by taking the game to automation mode, hacking the game. There was no such thing as learning hacking in school. The trend of going beyond traditional teaching and courses is prevalent in all fields of education.
“Raising oneself is through one’s own attachment and practice,” says Pankaj. Teachers don’t go out of their way nor do they provide good guidance. They do not know much. There are many students studying IT.
But they are not able to make progress because of the teacher’s mindset. Teachers say learn direct coding, do this, don’t do that. The student’s mind is diverted elsewhere. ‘
It has been four years since Pankaj started reaping the fruits of his services in the field of ethical hacking. In the meantime, he has received 19 Bounty Rewards from the world famous company Apple.
He has received such rewards twice from popular software maker Microsoft and three times from Google. ‘Initially, I tried Nokia’s site. At the same time, for the first time, I discovered the viability of the European bank DZ and received 900 euros.
So far, I have received 20,000 dollars as a reward from a Dutch company, ‘says Pankaj.
In addition to this, he is getting bounty rewards from the bug bounty platform Synak that he is involved in by finding some bugs on a daily basis. He has many Hall of Fame companies recognizing his work as an acclaim.
Apart from Synyak, he is a freelancer on many bounty platforms such as Yogosa, BugCrowd and HackerWan. Apart from these, Pankaj has also worked for domain security of Dubai CID, UK, Australia and other European governments.
“It’s been almost two years since I started working with the governments of different countries,” he says. He says that he is standing in this field because of the inspiration he got from receiving these Bounty Rewards and his ability and attachment to deepen the world of the internet.
Pankaj’s work and the bounty rewards he receives are also attracting everyone to the area. But Pankaj’s answer to the question of whether everyone can detect bugs as soon as they do pen-testing is, ‘Basic hacking requires basic knowledge. Must know how to write scripts. Not much is needed but your experience has special meaning.