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CBI arrests its own programmer for illicit software that subverted the railway ticket reservation system

NEW DELHI: The CBI has arrested one of its employees, an assistant software programmer, for developing an illicit software that subverted the railway ticket reservation system. The software focused on exploiting vulnerability in the tatkal system by allowing hundreds of ticket bookings in one go.

“Though, there was no revenue loss to the railways, the agents who used this software were selling tickets on huge margins and fleecing passengers,” a a CBI spokesperson said. CBI sources said the vulnerability in the IRCTC software ‘still exists’.

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Indian Railway passengers may soon pay less for premium trains tickets

Rail passengers may soon pay less for tickets on premium trains such as the Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto during the off-season or even otherwise when the trains are not fully booked, railway minister Piyush Goyal said in an interview.

Indian Railways moved to a flexi-fare system for these trains in 2016, but this only saw fares moving in one direction — up. For instance, fares would rise 10% after 10% of the seats were sold. The move helped Indian Railways, which made an additional ₹540 crore from it between September 2016 and August 2017, according to media reports. Continue reading

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