New Delhi, September 8
The Railway Protection Force has disrupted using unlawful software program ‘Real Mango’ for cornering confirmed prepare reservation throughout the coronavirus pandemic and made 50 arrests in an investigation spanning West Bengal, Assam, Bihar and Gujarat, RPF DG Arun Kumar mentioned Tuesday.
In the course of systematic unravelling of the working of the unlawful software program, it has been discovered that it bypasses captcha, synchronises financial institution OTP with the assistance of a cellular app and feeds it to the requisite type to guide tickets mechanically. It additionally auto-fills the passenger and cost particulars within the types, he mentioned.
“The software logs in to the IRCTC website through multiple IRCTC Ids. The illegal software is sold through a five-tiered structure with the system admin receiving payment in bitcoins,” the Director General, Railway Protection Force (RPF), mentioned at a press briefing.
Field models of RPF have been in a position to apprehend 50 folks thus far, together with the system developer who was the kingpin and key managers concerned within the operation of the unlawful software program and block reside tickets price greater than Rs 5 lakh, he mentioned.
“Five key operatives of the illegal software have been arrested from West Bengal. The software has now been fully decimated,” Kumar mentioned.
The first purple flag was when it was found that the developer of the software program used YouTube to promote his product and an evaluation of the info of the favored video sharing platform led to key members of the gang.
Kumar mentioned in view of the apprehension of improve in touting exercise after restart of the passenger providers, the drive in opposition to touts was intensified by the power.
“Operation of an illegal software called ‘Rare Mango’ (whose name was later changed to ‘Real Mango’) was revealed on August 9 during action against touts by the field units of RPF,” he mentioned.
“RPF units of North Central Railway (NCR), Eastern Railway (ER) and Western Railway (WR) apprehended some suspects and initiated the process of understanding and unravelling the operation of RareMango/Real Mango software,” he mentioned.
Various operations by the RPF throughout the coronavirus pandemic have led to the arrest of 994 touts and advance tickets price Rs 87.70 crore have been blocked. It has additionally disrupted many unlawful softwares like ANMS/ Red Mirchi/Black TS, TikTok, I-Ball, Red Bull, MAC, N-GET, Cycle, Star-V2 and so forth.
The data provided by RPF helped CRIS/IRCTC to strengthen security measures in PRS system resulting from which the softwares stopped functioning at the moment, the RPF DG mentioned. — PTI