50 held for operating illegal train ticket booking software ‘Real Mango’ | Mumbai News


MUMBAI: In a nationwide operation, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) apprehended 50 men including the kingpin and key managers involved in using an illegal software for ticket booking called ‘Rare Mango.’
Live tickets worth Rs 5 lakh have been blocked. Five key operatives of the software have been arrested from West Bengal. The system admin receives payment in Bitcoins.
There was an apprehension of increase in ticket touting activity after passenger services restarted. Drives against touts were intensified when RPF units of North Central Railway (NCR), Eastern Railway (ER) and Western Railway (WR) found some suspects.
Investigations revealed that the ‘Rare Mango’ or ‘Real Mango’ software logs into the IRCTC website through multiple IDs. It auto-fills the passenger details and payment details in the forms. It also synchronises bank OTPs with help of a mobile app and feeds it to the requisite form automatically. It bypasses captcha.
The software is sold through a five tiered structure involving system admins, mavens, super sellers, sellers and agents. The software has now been fully decimated, RPF officials said.
Between December 2019 and March 2020, the RPF had arrested 104 accused involved in distribution of many illegal softwares for ticket booking such as Red Mirchi, TikTok, I-Ball, Red Bull, MAC, Cycle, N-GET, Star-V2 etc.
“The information supplied by RPF helped IRCTC to strengthen security features in the PRS system and as a result, softwares stopped functioning at that time,” the RPF said in a press statement.

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