Railway Minister Ask To Tighten Cyber Security After Alleged Ticketing Scam

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New Delhi: The CBI booked a software programmer of its anti-corruption division and a former employee of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) for allegedly operating an illicit software that subverted the railways reservation system.

Officials told media here that the manipulated system allowed agents to book hundreds of tatkal tickets at a single click of the mouse. The CBI arrested its assistant programmer Ajay Garg and his front man Anil Gupta for developing and distributing the software to agents for a price, CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said.

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Railway Minister Piyush Goyal directed the IRCTC and the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) to strengthen cybersecurity in the wake of the alleged scam. “Information was received about running of illegal operations to book tatkal tickets of Indian Railways in illegal manner.

After swift enquiry, it was found that Ajay Garg, ex-IRCTC employee and presently working with the CBI, was the kingpin of this entire network which involved numerous other persons,” the railway ministry said in a statement.

The statement also said that the railways already has an ongoing drive against ticket-less travellers and such illegal ticket booking, which creates artificial shortages of tickets. “Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal has now further ordered to continue this drive and identify similar cases which are causing inconvenience to genuine passengers,” the statement said.