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10 Sep, 2020
Real Mango Software - The IRCTC Ticketing App Racket

Railway Protection Force (RPF) Patna, has uncovered some essential points from a ticket broker who has hacked the IRCTC website to book tickets. The RPF took the individual into custody on Monday and got some crucial information from him.

VK Singh, post in-charge RPF of Patna Junction informed that on 18th Aug, the ticket broker bought a suspicious software named "real mango" for Rs 2000 and paid the amount via Paytm app. The real mango software helped the brokers to hack the IRCTC website and book confirmed tickets. The real-time software bypasses the security and doesn't require any OTP or captcha. Further, RPF Patna has sent an email to Paytm to investigate the payment sent for the software.

IRCTC is India's biggest e-commerce platform.

As per the report of Arun Kumar, Director-General (RPF), the illegal hacking software is removed from all platforms. And so far, around 50 offenders have been caught across Bihar, Gujrat, Assam and West Bengal.

This is not the first time that the IRCTC ticket system is being hacked this way. Earlier in 2016, a similar hacking breach was experienced where a data of around 1 crore passengers was under threat. The hacked data included phone numbers, date of birth, address, etc. It was found that the information was sold in a CD for just Rs 15,000.

Also, a similar incident happened in 2018, where a young ethical hacker named Kanishk Sajnani hacked the IRCTC website and ordered food for only Rs 7.

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