Whiz kid: After 4 world records, 14-year-old to present first research paper

Published: February 9, 2012

Iqbals’ current research relates to Apple devices (iPad, iPhone and iPod). His method does not require Jailbreaking and can image an Apple device in less than 30 minutes. PHOTO: @BABARIQBAL

After breaking four world records, 14-year-old whiz kid from Dera Ismail Khan, Babar Iqbal is now set to present his first research paper at the 8th IEEE International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology.

Iqbal will present a paper on digital forensic science, the field that covers the recovery and investigation of data from digital devices and is often used to aid computer crime investigations.

This is not the first time Iqbal has been in the spotlight, he was the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and the youngest Certified Internet Web Professional (CIWA) at the age of nine.

He then went on to become the youngest Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA), youngest Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) and youngest Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) in .NET 3.5 at the age of 10, 11 and 12 respectively.

Iqbal’s current research relates to Apple devices (iPad, iPhone and iPod). His method does not require Jailbreaking and can image an Apple device in less than 30 minutes.

This new method can help law enforcement agencies in retrieving digital forensic evidence present on an Apple device including contacts, texts, all multimedia files, GPS info and cellphone tower logs (which can help triangulate the location of a device at a certain point in time).

Iqbal is currently in Dubai, where he is training and working with Microsoft.

A version of this post appeared on Propakistani.pk

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Reader Comments (31)

    Feb 9, 2012 - 5:10PM

    Amazing.. Gud look bro…


  • Mehnaz
    Feb 9, 2012 - 5:13PM

    Way to go young man! Youth such as yourself makes us proud :)


  • Zavia
    Feb 9, 2012 - 5:26PM

    Good Work Iqbal. We need more like you from DI Khan.


  • Benish
    Feb 9, 2012 - 5:29PM



  • USMANx
    Feb 9, 2012 - 6:26PM

    Shabaash shabaash!


  • Zahid
    Feb 9, 2012 - 6:29PM



  • Ahsan
    Feb 9, 2012 - 6:32PM

    MashAllah….these achievements should be highlighted and projected by our media….they are the role models for other youngsters…….we don’t need precious air time on tv channels wasted over needless, meaningless, fruitless political discussions……some time be devoted to such stories to inspire others


  • akbar
    Feb 9, 2012 - 6:36PM

    I am a CS researcher too, it would be more credible to name the title of his paper so others can read it and see IF this kid is really smart, or just a kid who learnt programming early.


  • Zeta
    Feb 9, 2012 - 7:17PM

    Shaheen Bacha. Mashallah


  • Abdullah
    Feb 9, 2012 - 7:30PM



  • Feb 9, 2012 - 8:19PM

    wow that is really awesome, Masha Allah =)!


  • Muhammad Abdullah
    Feb 9, 2012 - 8:35PM

    Awesome. Keep it up and may we get more geniuses like him.


  • Ghazi
    Feb 9, 2012 - 8:36PM


    If you search the name of the conference, it is scheduled in March and proceedings will be published on IEEE Xplore afterwards as usual. So you can archive the name of author and conference for your ease of search. Normally, proceedings are updated on associated research databases within a day or two after the conference.

    N Ghazi,
    Software Engineering Research Labs,


  • Salman
    Feb 9, 2012 - 8:38PM

    How all these kids can get such highly technical certifications at 9,10,11. I got my MCP and ISA certification at 20 while studying BE in Computer engineering from NED & was proud to had it that time but now it looks just an average achievement lol


  • Feb 9, 2012 - 8:40PM

    Did he ever get time to do his home work! or play cricket / soccer or “pakram pakrai” with kids his age?


  • dv sikka
    Feb 9, 2012 - 8:59PM

    He represents the true face of Pakistani intellect. Imagine Pakistan giving up its hate politics and depending on the intellectuals for its development, it will be another Japan in industrial production. This is where your prosperity lies.Make Pakistan a peace lovong peaceful country for the good of its people, they deserve it.


  • Ajamal
    Feb 9, 2012 - 10:07PM

    Mashallah, Subhanallah

    May Allah SWT give you more success


  • Sajid Ali
    Feb 10, 2012 - 12:49AM

    he is 14 years old lol?? I am 21 and he looks older than me


  • afaqui
    Feb 10, 2012 - 1:54AM

    and , as is mostly the case, he is not from ba ba blacksheep school system.


  • Adnan Tariq
    Feb 10, 2012 - 1:55AM

    They should start calling it Guinness Book of Pakistan Records ….. Mashallah great achievement!!!


  • Abdullah Hussain
    Feb 10, 2012 - 4:39AM

    The international standard to know the ability of a scientist is number of research paper ,he/she published.
    The database named “PUBMED” is the best way to put the name of any scientist and know his/her papers. The number of papers show the value of a scientist.


  • kamla deewana
    Feb 10, 2012 - 4:40AM

    @ sajid ali
    true, because his mental maturity and intelligence is shown on his face.


  • Imran
    Feb 10, 2012 - 9:55AM

    @Abdullah Hussain:
    Seems like you are only into the quantity not the quality of the papers! I’m not sure what scientific value “jail breaking” an iPhone will have.


  • Syed Imran
    Feb 10, 2012 - 10:31AM

    Masha Allah


  • Abid
    Feb 10, 2012 - 10:40AM

    Iqbal of New Era. We proud of you dear. Now where are those all who were making many claims on the death of Arfa Kareem?? Here is the same WIZ KID (may be more than her).


  • Citizen
    Feb 10, 2012 - 11:38AM

    wao ! You go boy .


  • Maxwood
    Feb 10, 2012 - 11:39AM

    When there is child doing good in Pakistan, there is always somebody come from no where and pick him/ her up and take away

    What is the thing he is doing in Dubai , which he cant executive /perform in PakistanRecommend

  • Feb 10, 2012 - 5:16PM

    They should start calling it Guinness Book of Pakistan Records ….. Mashallah great achievement!!!


  • Feb 10, 2012 - 7:46PM

    Congratulations!!!! mA


  • Ijaz Maqbool
    Feb 12, 2012 - 9:59AM

    AllahoAkbar,Great.I believe some comments smells bad and those are sure young people. I advise them not to be jealous but should have heart and work like him.Recommend

  • Salahuddin
    Feb 23, 2012 - 12:56AM

    @Sajid Ali:
    Beta, have balanced diet and reasonable physical exercise daily. Take one tea spoon Khameera Gao Zaban (Ambri) with milk before going to bed. Most important- don’t be Jealous.

    Babar Iqbal, May Allah bless you with more success, happiness and peace.


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