This hacker has designs on Stanford

Friday, 15 August 2003, 11:40 AM EST

The unassuming teenager who doubles up as a hacking expert and has helped global think-tanks and police officials combat computer attackers and digital swindlers, is spurning job offers to pursue a degree at the prestigious Stanford University.

Ankit Fadia, 18, who turned into a technology wonderkid after authoring a book on hacking into computers two years ago, says he prefers a five-year-scholarship at California to lucrative consulting.

"I have got a lot of job offers but I am not keen to compromise on my education," the bespectacled teenager said late on Wednesday.

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