Babar Iqbal Sets Another World Record

babar-iqbal1-610x364Babar Iqbal, a 14 year old whiz kid from Dera Ismail Khan, has set a world record by publishing his first research paper on digital forensic science. The field of Digital Forensic Science covers the recovery and investigation of data in digital devices and is often used to aid computer crime investigations.

Babar’s research pertains to Apple iDevices (iPad, iPhone, iPod) and has been accepted by the 8th IEEE International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology. He has been invited to present his research at the conference as well.

What sets his method apart is that it doesn’t require jailbreaking and can image an iDevice in less than 30 minutes.

Jailbreaking is gaining illegal root access to iOS, Apple’s operating system, through use of custom kernels. Devices which run iOS include the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. On a jailbroken device, one could download application, themes and other stuff that is unavailable through the official Apple store.

This new method can aid law enforcement agencies in retrieving digital forensic evidence present on the phone including contacts, texts, all multimedia items as well as GPS info and Cellphone tower logs which can triangulate location of device at certain point in time.

This isn’t the first time Babar has been in the spotlight, a programmer since the age of 5, he became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) as well as the youngest Certified Internet Web Professional (CIWA) at the age of nine.

He then went on to become the youngest Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA), youngest Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) and youngest Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) in .NET 3.5 at the age of 10, 11 and 12 respectively.

Babar is currently in Dubai, where he is training and working with Microsoft. The links for his website and Students Café, his initiative to create awareness about Information Technology in Pakistan and around the world at all levels of education, are given below:

  • Babar Sahib,

    Bohat Bohat Mubarak ho.

    Dear, we love you & thank you as a Pakistani for making us proud.


  • Generally, there are many literate people who are unaware of the word “Research Paper” and this kid has already published one (that has been accepted internationally by IEEE) at a tender age of 14. Hats Off to him!!

  • Alas! our government is not supporting such intelligent and talented people and they r going abroad to microsoft & other companies. Our IT ministers, the buffalos, have no time to think about taking advantage of such intelligent citizens for our country. If we had a sincere government, then we would have our own “Megasoft”.

  • wah babar,tm ne to PAKISTAN n D.I KHAN ka nam roshan kr dia….keep it up,its ur 2nd world recrd.
    He is d first youngest microsoft certfd world recrd holder.

  • We are proud of u This is from the all pakistani citizens around the world u have brightened the name of pakistan again in these tuff times and we will remember this and make us proud on ur defence day… May Allah(s.w.t) give u success all the way good work bro

  • Proud of Pakistan Babar Iqbal,
    Dua Go Hone Key.
    [Surah Falaq (5th Ayet)]:
    “Wamin Sharin Hasdeen Iza Hasad”
    {Allah Tum Ko Hased’don Key Hasad Sey , Bura Karney Walon Ki Buraion Sey Mehfooz Rakhey Aur Achey Kam Kartey Rehney Aur HAQ Aur SABRE Wasiyat Karney Ki Toufeeq Atta Karey} “Amen” Surah Falaq.

  • nice friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    congratulations for that..
    i hope that you will do it more better

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