16-year-old claims to have cracked Windows Phone 8

16-year-old claims to have cracked Windows Phone 8
Shantanu Gawde is a 16-year-old wunderkind that became a Microsoft Certified Application Developer at the age of 7. He lives in India, where some refer to him as the nation's "youngest ethical hacker". Last year, he hacked a Kinect to take photos without the user's knowledge using malware running on a Windows 7 PC. Simply put, the guy is an über nerd with some mad skills.

But has Gawde managed to code malicious software for Windows Phone 8 too? That's actually quite possible. Later this month, he is expected to demonstrate his methods of infecting Windows Phone hardware during the Malcon security conference in New Delhi, India. In particular, Shantanu will be presenting exploits allowing one to steal contact information, personal data, and images from a device. And Microsoft is well aware of his intentions, which is why it will take into account any potential flaws that Gawde may have exposed.

Further details have not been disclosed, so we aren't entirely sure how the teenage prodigy managed to crack the security of Windows Phone 8. The Malcon 2012 conference is scheduled to begin on November 23, and we hope to learn more on the matter after Shantanu Gawde's presentation. 

source: Sophos via Neowin

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50 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Ooooh!

9. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

His home is 3km from mine!! Now I wanna greet him.

14. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

When the world goes "DIE HARD 4.0", the bad guys will want him!! :D

25. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

...unless he's the guy causing it :)

47. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

i live in south delhi any1 who can tell me where and when is the event mentioned in the post and how i can meet him while he's here (in delhi)

29. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

So much for Ballmer's claims that WP8 was secure....

49. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

lol....just goes to show...very few things are.

50. iHarkunwar

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

I think that Windows Phone 7 was also not secure. Not much devs knew how to use the full potential of the OS but now some are trying their tricks to get into this OS. There was no virus for WP so... it was secure for sure for that time but now it is the time to change ;)

35. AnTuTu

Posts: 1602; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Proud to be an Indian :)

38. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Good, we need "ethical hackers" like this to expose (but not exploit) security holes to help the company keep its systems safe.

2. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Now I feel bad, I'm 16 too and can't do any of that or even develop and write code.

8. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

It's ok. Most talented people aren't prodigies. If have the will, dedication, urge, you can become anything.

13. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I'm 25 man I feel worse than you.

45. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I'm 30 and feel more bad than u :P

48. iHarkunwar

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

I am 14 and I feel alright :P

30. rawkuss

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

some of of have 10 or 20 years on you. Don't feel bad, you can still learn! haha.

39. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I was able to hack and modify Windows 98 when I was 13, and Microsoft gave a free MSDN subscription for life. They even used some of my tweaks in 98 SE (though I didn't get credit or compensation for them, but I probably violated the EULA so no worries). Haven't had much chance to use the subscription of late though.

3. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

I can do crack too.... oh w8 its about computers

4. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Ballmer now shut your mouth and be quiet before commenting other OS's.

15. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I like him but him and eflop both have big mouths.

24. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

You must be one of the FEW. I personally can't believe he's still employed by M$, and what's more, put in the public eye so often!

36. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

hey just because a few people cracked doesn't mean it isn't completly uncsecure? just saying would you agree that blackberry is sevure? well like one person jailbroke it

44. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Exactly that's what I'm trying to say here, nothing in this world is correct, then why he is blabbering about other OS?

5. josephnero

Posts: 778; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

he sure is a genuis

6. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Will he hack windows 8 next?

7. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

I could have done better than to pick my nose when I was 7 :(

10. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

wow uber nerd FTW! what will he crack when he reaches 30?hmmm

18. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

He's already cracked. Of all the things he and many other prodigies could do with their gift. You know we live in a large multiverse. If I had there brains I would work hard to build a warp drive, wormhoe or what not to travel the stars, find new discoveries, know where I came from and why I'm here.

26. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Envious are we?

11. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

Being From India, People Being Good With Computers Isn't Surprising. But This Guy Is A Definite Genius. I At 21 Still Find It Hard To Write A Descent Code :(

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