Vaidehi Sachin - Hacker5 Magazine Plagiarism

Sun Jul 3 23:19:54 CDT 2011

Hacker5 is an online and print magazine managed and edited by Vaidehi Sachin. Started in October, 2010, Newsmakers Broadcasting & Communication Pvt. Ltd (NBC) is touted as India's first hacker magazine. Contributing to the magazine comes with a hefty disclaimer that specifically includes a warning about plagiarism. This warning is ironic given that a majority of the magazine content is provided by Sachin, and is plagiarized from a variety of sources without any attempt to give credit. She goes so far as to 'write' articles and sign her nickname, Cattechie, to them.

In February 2011, Sachin received the Star & Hira Manik Award for "Best Editor (Hacker5 Magazine)" and "Best Writer (Book Cyber Terror)". Given her editor role consists primarily of copying entire articles and republishing them without credit, this award is absurd.

The Plagiarism

The following tables detail portions of Hacker5 magazine, created and edited by Vaidehi Sachin, that contain plagiarized articles. In some cases, entire articles were taken without attribution. In other cases, articles were "written" by pasting together material from several different sources. A few articles specifically list 'Cattechie' as the author. This shows willful infringement of copyright and inexcusable plagiarism.

Hacker5 - July 2011


Article
(Author)
Page Original Source
A Brief History of the LulzSec Hackers Pg6-7 A Brief History of the LulzSec Hackers
The History of Anonymous, LulzSec & Idahc Pg10-11 Who is behind the hacks? (FAQ)
Who's behind all these hacks, anyway?
Alleged Teen Member of LulzSec Hackers Arrested in UK Pg12 Alleged Teen Member of LulzSec Hackers Arrested in UK
RIM Introduces PlayBook the Blackberry Tablet Pg58-59 BlackBerry Press Release
The End of .com? ICANN's new .anything Domain Name Internet Policy Pg60 The End of .com? ICANN's New .anything Domain Name Internet Policy
The Economics of Sony PlayStation Network & Qriocity Identity-Hacks Pg62-63 The Economics of Sony PlayStation Network & Qriocity Identity-Hacks
USA Teaching 8-Year-Olds How to be Hackers Pg64 USA Teaching 8-Year-Olds How to Be Hackers


Hacker5 - January 2011

Note: Not all articles were checked. The following sample represents a near 100% plagiarism rate in the articles that were analyzed.

Article
(Author)
Paragraph/Lines Original Source
Tuff War Between Google and Microsoft P2,L1-3 Who's Who At Google New York
P2,L4-8 - P8 Trouble In The House Of Google
P9 - P10 Forget Microsoft vs. Google. This Decade, It's an Apple-Google Slugfest.
P11 - P12 The Dogs of War: Apple vs. Google vs. Microsoft
P13 - P21 Apple vs. Google vs. Microsoft vs. HP: The Unfortunate Truth of the Smartphone
P22 - P26 Microsoft deletes Hotmail data
P27 - P32 Microsoft Blames Server Problem for Hotmail Outage
Wireless encryption is an easy access for hackers (all) Mobile broadband the next big hacking risk?
Survey reveals how stupid people are with their passwords
(Mike Lenon)
(all) Survey Reveals How Stupid People are With Their Passwords
(Author is Mike Lennon. @SecurityWeek confirms they did not give permission to use.)
Five New AdWords Tools that Can Help You Move the Needle (all) Five New AdWords Tools that Can Help You Move the Needle
Evolution of Hackers
(Cattechie)
P3 Hacker Manifesto by Amitabh Doctor
P4 Comment to You Say "Hacker", the Feds Say "Terrorist" article
P5 - P7 You Say "Hacker", the Feds Say "Terrorist"
Getting account password through brute forcing (all) Cracking FTP Passwords Using Dictionary Attacks
Gmail keeps your email untraceable P3 How to find the IP address of the email sender in Gmail, Yahoo mail, Hotmail, AOL, Outlook Express, etc.
P5 - P11 How To Find The IP Address Of Your Google Mail And Yahoo Mail?
P4, P12, P14 - P15 How to find ip address of email sender of yahoo mail or gmail?
Hacktivism vs Terrorism P2,L1-L3 Which one of those is considered Hacktivism?!
P2,L4-L6 What is Hacktivism
P2,L7-L8 Hacktivism is a linguistic blend of hack and activism.
Introducing Mod_Security P1 - P3 Web Security Appliance With Apache and mod_security
P3 SpiderLabs Projects or OWASP
P4 Introduction to mod_security
P5 - P6 Mod Security - Open source Web Application Firewall
P7 - P13 Web Security Appliance With Apache and mod_security
USB-Slurping and Social Manipulation (all) Hacking Your Computer is Super Easy
Wake Up Hackers - Cyber Terror
(Cattechie)
P1,L6-L7 the Social Networking Empire
Why Hackers Hack P1 - P2 Why hackers hack
P3 Are hackers omnipotent
P4 What is hacking and reverse engineering? (written by a computer hacker)
P5 - P6 How to detect a hacker attack


Hacker5 - December 2010

In this issue, it is amusing that she claims "Sunny Vaghela is now the Brand Ambassador of Hacker5" given that Vaghela is already on Errata. Only a few articles were reviewed.

Article
(Author)
Paragraph/Lines Original Source
Jeff Moss, BlackHat and Defcon founder P1 - P2 Cybersecurity? Get A Former Hacker
P4 - P5 BlackHat: About Jeff Moss
P6 - P11 Chinese hackers ready for U.S. cyber war
P12 - P22 Part 2: Q&A with Jeff Moss on computer hacking
The Basics of Reverse Engineering (all) Reverse Engineering & Basics of Assembly - Part 2
How to Hack Windows Administrator Password (all) How to Hack Windows Administrator Password