INTERVIEW WITH DARREN WARREN, THE HACKER LURED BY E2-LABS TO HACK INDIAN GOVERMENT COMPUTER SYSTEMS.
WARNING: this is not a satirical article. Everything what you are about to read happened for real. The name of the real hacker has been changed, but he is willing to reveal himself and will testify under oath in an India court of law, that the following is a true statement of fact.
Zone-H: Hello Mr. Darren Warren, we are going to call you by that in this interview, as this was the name you used during a previously released interview to an Indian newspaper. Do you confirm that you are available to reveal yourself to Indian authorities and to give testimony under oath in a court of law in regards of what you are going to reveal to us in this interview?
Darren Warren: Yes, I do
Zone-H: Can you start to tell us a bit about yourself,? How did you get in touch with E2-Labs, the company now located at road n.2 of Banjara Hills, Hyderabad?
Darren Warren: As an upcoming security researcher I was contacted by E2-Labs of India in 2003 to join the business as CTO/CSO and to develop ethical hacking classes. This was due to E2-Labs heavy promotion of such classes in partnership with Ankit Fadia of which relations had dissolved but yet were still being highly promoted by E2-Labs themselves. So basically they needed to hold up the highly touted plans, not only to the press, but to those students that had already paid the fee for these courses. The was not even an outline as to the subject material, I had to create all course lectures and materials from scratch.
To continue, I had been unemployed for some time, so I took up the opportunity to travel free/paid to India, my first trip outside of the USA.
SEVERAL E2-LABS CYBERCRIME SQUAD MEMBERS REPORTED MISSING IN ACTIONS, SEVERAL OTHERS CRITICALLY INJURED — NATIONAL CALL FOR BLOOD DONORS
Several of the brave E2-labs’ Cyber Crime Squad members are reported missing in action. The accident happened today at road n.2 of Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. News reports are still unprecise but it seems that several members of the famous team of national heroes whose scope is to protect India’s digital boundaries from bad-ass cyberterror attacks have been killed while attempting to defuse a logic bomb placed by a group of separatists. In the blast, some other Cyber Crime Squad members are reported in critical condition. The Indian Minister of the Health has issued a call for blood donors.
Today we indulge ourself in a pure hypothethical activity by analyzing whether it would be possible to apply traditional financial fraud schemes to India’s educational market. We agree, it might look a mere academic work but later on we might find out that it makes much more sense that what we originally thought.
1910 police mugshot of Charles Ponzi
First of all, let’s define what a Ponzi scheme is:
A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to separate investors from their own money or money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from any actual profit earned. The Ponzi scheme usually entices new investors by offering return other investments cannot guarantee, in the form of short-term returns that are either abnormally high or unusually consistent. The perpetuation of the returns that a Ponzi scheme advertises and pays requires an ever-increasing flow of money from investors to keep the scheme going.
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Once upon a time, back in year 2003 the Indian newspaper The Times of India published a strange article titled “Hackers strike sites at will, govt helpless”
The story was about an American hacker (named Derren Warren, the name in the article was changed by his request) hired by an undisclosed security company located in Hyderabad. The manager of this company asked Derren to perform hacking activites against India’s critical government servers, being this job covered by a regular penetration test contract. Derren diligently performed the assigned tasks, successfully compromising several servers and as a proof of success he downloaded from those servers a lot of critical data.
But later on…
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