Rafay Baloch Recognized as One of the Top Ethical Hackers of 2014

In a significant accolade for Pakistan, Rafay Baloch, who is a 21-year-old IT security researcher, has been named as one of the top ethical hackers of 2014.

CheckMarx, which is one of the world’s leading information security publications based out of Tel Aviv, Israel, has featured Rafay as one of the world’s top 5 ethical hackers last year. The recognition comes after Rafay, who is a student at Bahria University Karachi, exposed a serious vulnerability in Android’s open source platform browser (versions older than 4.4).

Rafay Baloch, just at 21, took the world by storm after finding glaring flaws in Android’s stock AOSP browser

The inclusion of Rafay is also significant because the recognition has come from a company that has, according to most estimates, the best tool for Static Application Security Testing. CheckMarx also pointed to 2014 as a year of several high-profile attacks, such as the Snapchat leak, iCloud hack, and the Sony threats, but maintained that the majority of these attacks were done by ethical white hat hackers who merely wished to expose the loopholes for the larger betterment of the community.

“Rafay Baloch took the world by storm after finding glaring flaws in Android’s stock AOSP browser,” said Checkmarx in a blog post, which also identified ethical hackers from Egypt, Israel and Switzerland as the top in the world.

Rafay Baloch is a professional ethical hacker and has also published a book titled “Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Guide”, an in-depth guide to internet security. He has also participated in several bug bounty programs to help major internet companies in improving their security.

Previously Rafay was awarded $10,000 from PayPal, as well as a permanent job offer from the online payment solutions firm, for finding several high-risk vulnerabilities which would otherwise have put the company at serious risk of attack.

Via Express Tribune


  • Saad R.

    Good for you Rafar. Keep up the ethical work.

  • panjgoori

    proud to be a Baloch. Congrats Rafay.

    • Muhammad Aamir

      We’re not Kashmiri, Sindhi, Balochi, Punjabi and Pathan. We Are Muslims. Our Home is Pakistan. :D

      Keep It Up Rafay! We’re with you.

    • Ali Salman

      I am Balochi but 1st I am Muslim and Pakistani then anything else. What I am now is all because of Pakistan.

  • Umair A. Shahid

    Its not like we don’t believe you, but a source url should be provided with this.

  • Mohammad Ahsan

    21 Saal :O ?
    Meri smj se bahir hai….
    Unbelievable

  • Keep it up my friend!

  • GrunT

    Since no one has posted it yet, I might as well for sarcasm’s sake.
    This is a yahoodi saazish directly from Tel Aviv against Pakistan’s jihaalat.

  • MMMTheHacker

    He’s an awesome guy. I’m Proud of him.

  • Amir Qadir

    Indeed.. He is best Proud to have that guy in my friends circle..

  • Moughees

    Rafay is my friend and i am really proud off him!!

  • Eli Ehsan

    accepting accolades from a JEW company & yet blaming GEO as yahoodi saazish… #JustPurestaniThings #PunIntended :D

  • Ali Zain

    Salute

  • Muhammad Aasim

    Well done DEAR

  • Abdul Wahab Malik

    Contrats rafay. Keep it up