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Two People Arrested for Hacking the Indian Air Force Online Exam


Officials of IAF (Indian Air Force) were utterly shocked when they found that their online exam, for recruiting non-commissioned officers in Haryana's Rohtak, was hacked by tech-savvy fraudsters. As per Jagbir Singh, SHO of Rohtak police station, the accused persons were able to get access to the computers remotely that were used in examination. They had done this by setting a parallel network from a private hospital that is adjacent to the examination centre on the Hisar-Rohtak road. He further added that the questions were answered by the fraudsters with the help from experts, whereas the candidates were just sitting idle and doing nothing in their computers.


Rahul Sharma, Wing Commander of New Delhi's Rajokri Air Force Station, registered an FIR at the police station of Rohtak city. There were 175 candidates who appeared for the examination, and a minimum of five computers were hacked and then were operated remotely, as per the initial police investigation.


The hacking got detected when the Air Force vigilance wing visited the examination centre in Hisar Road, and found that a few candidates were doing nothing, although the questions that were on their computer screens were getting answered automatically.


Then the building was inspected by the officers, and they noticed a fibre cable that was extended from the examination centre to first floor of a private hospital, adjacent to the examination centre. In that private hospital, the officers found five men with laptops who were sending examination questions to the expert. Then the expert was sending back the answers to those five men, which they sent to the computers of exam centre.


So far, two people were arrested including the outsourced agency's invigilator, Singh said. He added that the two arrested people were identified as Sahil and Jatinder Siwach. Even though the beneficiaries' number is unclear right now, the cops were told by the arrested men that they take between INR 3.5 lakh to INR 6 lakh from every candidate.


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


Among the fraudsters, Aditya, the technical expert, along with Hardik and Sombir are on the run too.

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