The unsung achiever: Pakistani tops lists of ethical hackers of 2014

The world’s leading information security publications have featured Pakistani security researcher, Rafay Baloch, as one of the top ethical hackers in 2014, putting the 21-year-old Karachiite on top of their lists, The Express Tribune learnt on Thursday. “Ethical hacking, which makes the information world more secure, is one way we [Pakistanis] can change our country’s negative perception in the world,” said Baloch. Checkmarx, a source code analysis company based out of Tel Aviv, Israel, recognized Baloch as one of the world’s top five ethical hackers who made the headlines in 2014 for exposing a serious vulnerability – a Same-Origin Policy (SOP) bypass – in Android’s Open Source Platform browser (versions older than 4.4). The recognition comes from a company that has, arguably, the best tool for Static Application Security Testing. Checkmarx was ranked number one for static analysis in “Critical Capabilities for Application Security Testing”, a 2014 report by the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, Gartner. Read the rest of this article here.

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