By Shilpa Phadnis
The Times of India
December 4, 2013
BANGALORE – The hacker who shook the US intelligence machinery and had world leaders railing against Washington for spying on them picked up crucial skills in India. Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor-turned-whistleblower, spent a week in New Delhi training in core Java programming and advanced ethical hacking. It’s this training that got him certified as an EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA).
Now hiding in Russia as a fugitive from US law and charged with espionage for leaking documents related to the US surveillance, Snowden trained at offshore IT training and certification provider Koenig Solutions in Moti Nagar, New Delhi in 2010. He flew into India on September 3 from Japan and left for the US on September 9.
The Registration of Foreigners Rule 1939 Form C Hotel Arrival report, a copy of which is with TOI, shows Snowden checked into Koenig Inn run by the institute in Karol Bagh at 2.30pm on September 3. “He paid over $2,000 towards his training fee, lodging and boarding,” said Rohit Aggarwal, founder and CEO of Koenig Solutions. Koenig is an authorized training partner for certification programmes from companies like Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, EC-Council, Citrix and VMware. It has trained over 20,000 foreign IT professionals across five centres in the country and one in Dubai.
ECSA is a 4-day course designed to train security professionals in advanced tools and techniques required to perform comprehensive information security tests. It enables students to design, secure and test networks to protect firms from threats that hackers and crackers pose. “To beat a hacker, you need to think like one!” says the EC-Council website.