The extraordinary 21 years old Pakistani, Shahmeer Amir who was born in Multan has won the hearts of every Pakistani by making a name for himself as one of the best hackers in the world. And currently, he is the third best bug hunter in the world. Moreover, he has been ranked by HackerOne which is a vulnerability discloser company in California, as an 11th top-rated hacker in the whole world.
When he was 13, he moved to Karachi with his family and completed his primary education from Rangers Public School. He completed his Electronics engineering from Usman Institute of Technology which is under the accreditation from Hamdard University, and he was scholarship holder there.
Shahmir was fascinated by how computers worked and loved to work on them. During his early days, he had an Intel Pentium 3, on which he came across plenty of bugs. The issues were related to registry, software, and hardware, which he used to fix by himself or by using the Google search.
There was no stopping for Shahmeer, and he continued to excel in the field of ethical hacking and never looked back. The turning point of his life, according to him was the seminar on cybersecurity held in his university. He further said that:
“My main role is that I discover bugs in different products and services that we use every day. Upon identifying a security risk, I contact the people who are behind that product, and then they rectify that problem. As the researcher of vulnerable information, companies acknowledge my work and pay me bounties after they successfully resolve their exploits.”
When he was asked to comment on the education of cyber security in Pakistan, he said that:
“I think that there should be more of such Cyber Security training centers in Pakistan that are legitimate ones and that help youngsters develop a skill set rather than fooling students. I have been a victim of counterfeit education and self-learning was my only chance.”
By reporting bugs, he has made $150,000 in just two years. He has reported flaws in the systems of more than 300 different international organization including some big companies like Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Google, Dropbox, etc. This talented young boy from Multan is now working with an initiative to come up with ideas to make the cyberspace of Pakistan more secure from both internal and external threats. He was also invited to DEFCON by HackerOne, which is the most significant hacker’s conference on the entire planet.
Besides being an ethical hacker, Shahmeer also has a philanthropic spirit and donated almost half of his earnings to needy ones. Right now, Shahmeer is managing his startup of cybersecurity “Cyphlo.” Where he has a team of 6 people under the stewardship of Punjab IT Board and Plan9. Shahmeer and his team daily discuss the ideas of how they can help secure the cyber defenses of Pakistan along with different IT companies.
If you can learn something from the life of Shahmeer, then it is that you are never too young to work on your dreams and if you look closely, the resources will be all around you to help you get started. Take the initiative now, strive in coming years and eat the fruits of your struggle tomorrow.