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Band of fraudsters hack IAF online exam in Rohtak

September 15, 2018 05:57 AM

COURTESY TOI SEPT 15

Band of fraudsters hack IAF online exam in Rohtak
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Manvir.Saini@timesgroup.com

Chandigarh:

Indian Air force (IAF) officials were left stunned on Thursday when they found out that tech-savvy fraudsters had hacked into their online exam to recruit non-commissioned officers in Rohtak. The fraudsters had gained remote access to computers used in the exam by setting up a parallel network. They were giving answers to the questions with the help of experts even as the candidates were sitting idle in front of their computers.


On Thursday evening, Wing Commander Rahul Sharma of the Air Force Station at Rajokri in New Delhi got an FIR registered at the Rohtak city police station. According to initial police investigation, 175 candidates were giving the exam and at least five computers had been hacked and were being operated remotely.

The exam was being conducted by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) which had outsourced it to another agency.

The hacking was detected when the vigilance wing of the Air Force visited the centre at Hisar Road in Rohtak and noticed that some of the candidates were sitting idle even as the questions on their computers were being answered automatically. The candidates were not even touching the keyboards.


2 arrested accused give two names

The officers inspected the building and found that a CAT 6 fibre cable had been extended from the exam centre to the first floor of an adjacent private hospital. Inside the hospital, they found an extensive set-up with five men manning laptops which were connected to the CAT 6 cable.

These five men were accessing the question paper and sending it to an expert. The expert was giving the answers and sending them which was being sent to the exam centre computers.

Two people have been arrested so far, including the invigilator of the outsourced agency. They have been given five days remand by a local

court so that the entire network of hackers and their modus operandi can be cracked. During interrogation, the accused have given two more names in addition to the five named in the FIR. Among them is Jatinder Siwach who has been accused in other cases of competitive exams being leaked, and one Sahil.

Although the number of beneficiaries is not yet clear, the arrested men have told the cops that they charged between Rs 3.5 lakh and Rs 6 lakh from each candidate. They operated in a close-knit circle and helped only those people whom they trusted.

“Two men, who have been identified as masterminds of the entire racket and ran the exam centre, are on the run,” said investigating officer and SHO of city police station, Jagbir Singh. “They are J S Dahiya, a retired principal of the Jhajjar ITI, and his partner Sanjay Ahlwat, who runs a competitive exams’ coaching centre.

The technical expert among the fraudsters, Aditya, who is believed to have put in place the entire hacking network, too is on the run. He ran a company called Ganpati Computers in Gurgaon.

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