In a sentence, I am an author, amateur boxer, blockchain architect, Tintinologist and retired hacker.
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How it started...
I come from a military family so I had the great fortune of growing up in many cities and attending many schools.
I started my career in the early 1990s as a hacker. Those were the days of Solaris, FreeBSD, Windows NT & Novell NetWare.
My life-long love affair with Cryptography started when I chanced upon David Chaum's work on blind digital signatures and the "Handbook of Applied Cryptography" by Menezes, Oorschot & Vanstonemy.
Cyber crime investigation & more...
In 1999, I co-founded Asian School of Cyber Laws along with 3 of the most awesome people I have ever known - Debasis Nayak, Abhinav "Abhi" Bhatt, and Shuchi Nagpal.
Over the next 16 years, I worked in cyber investigation & cyberlaw. I proudly count some of the best investigators & lawyers amongst my students. I have also had the privilege of assisting the Govt. of India in framing draft rules under the Information Technology Act.
My work spanned 18 countries and I have investigated cyber crimes & data breaches for hundreds of organizations across many sectors - from aerospace & banking to law enforcement, pharma & shipping.
I also had the privilege of leading the teams that developed "Collaborative Online Investigation Network" & the "ASCL Volatile Evidence Retrieval Tool".
I authored the Cyber Crime Investigation Manual, which has been referred to as a "bible for cybercrime investigators" by the Times of India.
Blockchain & crypto...
I first heard of Bitcoin in 2011, when I was assisting the police in a case involving the drug mafia. I found the concept fascinating and even mined some bitcoins.
And then I made one of my biggest mistakes. I "deleted" my bitcoins.
In 2015, I decided to move into the blockchain space. I barricaded myself at home and spent 4 months studying bitcoin technology and setting up multichain blockchains.
In 2016, I co-founded Primechain along with Shinam Arora, a brilliant engineer, and long-time colleague. We also co-founded BankChain - a community of 37 banks plus IBM, Microsoft & Intel. Our core product was a "self-building" blockchain ecosystem with a web app, PWA, and a Blockchain REST API service.
The project went into hibernation in early 2018 after the Reserve Bank of India's ban on crypto.
I continued as a Blockchain Architect for some very interesting projects.
In 2020, after the Supreme Court struck down the RBI ban, I became actively involved with the crypto industry.
To add more logic and math to crypto price predictions, I developed the R.O.H.A.S. Cryptocurrency Valuator.