Former Air India employee held for hacking

A 23-year-old former Air India employee was arrested for allegedly hacking Air India's Frequent Flyer member accounts and using them to book tickets, and sold them to several travel agents.

Anitesh Giri Goswami, a BCA graduate from Pune was arrested from Jaipur. He has also worked with the Kingfisher Airlines.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Economic Offences Wing) Arun Kampani said that he was running the racket from Jodhpur.

"The accused was well versed with online ticket booking system and functioning of intranet and internet-based systems of Air India. He first understood the functioning of the ticketing system as well as the points/miles system of the airlines and then hacked into the Loyalty Plus programme website of Air India," he said.

Cyber Crime Cell of the Delhi Police's Economic Offences Wing (EOW)  received a complaint that alleged some persons were selling Air India tickets by redeeming of miles of genuine Flying Returns Members after hacking the Frequent Flyer members account.

After hacking into the system, he verified and upgraded hundreds of dormant accounts of Frequent Flyer members by allegedly uploading forged documents.

"Thereafter, the accused used these membership accounts and the Frequent Flyer miles/points accumulated in these accounts for booking airline tickets. These tickets were then sold to various travel/ticketing agents based in cities like Pune, Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai," he said.

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