RPF have been able to apprehend around 50 criminals so far involved in operation of this illegal software and block live tickets worth more than Rs 5 Lakhs
NEW DELHI || In a nation wide investigation, RPF on Tuesday disrupted operations of an illegal software called “Real Mango” used for cornering confirmed Railway reservation, an official said.
In view of the apprehension of increase in touting activity after restart of the passenger services, drive against touts was intensified by Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Indian Railways. Operation of an illegal software called “Rare Mango” (later changed its name to “Real Mango”) was revealed on August 9 this year during action against touts by the field units of RPF.
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.
In course of systematic unravelling of the working of the illegal software, it has been found that the Real mango software bypassed V3 and V2 captcha, synchronized bank OTP with help of a mobile app and fed it to the requisite form automatically.
The software also auto-filled the passenger details and payment details in the forms, the software logged in to the IRCTC website through multiple IRCTC Ids, the illegal software is sold through five tiered structure, system admin & its team, Mavens, Super sellers, Sellers and Agents. System admins received payment in bitcoins.
Field units of RPF have been able to apprehend 50 criminals so far including the King pin (system developer) and key managers involved in operation of this illegal software and block live tickets worth more than Rs 5 Lakhs. Five key operatives of the illegal software have been arrested from West Bengal. The software has now been fully decimated.
A coordinated nation-wide action by RPF between December 2019 to March 2020 led to arrest of 104 criminals involved and disruption of many illegal softwares like ANMS/ Red Mirchi/Black TS, TikTok, I-Ball, Red Bull, MAC, N-GET, Cycle, Star-V2 etc. The information supplied by RPF helped CRIS/IRCTC to strengthen security features in PRS system due to which the softwares stopped functioning at that time.