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Flaws in Air India's ticket booking system: Gurgaon police

Police Commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk said that the flaw came to light following the arrest of an IGI Airport ticket booking attendant for fraud

 

The Gurgaon police on Wednesday said there were loopholes in Air India's ticket service system at Delhi Airport, leading to people booking tickets using debit cards getting cheated.
 
Police Commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk said that the flaw came to light following the arrest of an IGI Airport ticket booking attendant for fraud. 
 
Virk said there were vulnerabilities in Air India's ticket booking system at IGI Airport and passengers paying for tickets through debit cards were being cheated.
 
"We are officially writing to Air India officials to rectify the flaws," Virk said.
 
Acting on a complaint b Sanjay Kumar of Nathupur village here on the Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, Gurgaon police's cyber crime cell on Tuesday arrested 22-year-old Mandeep Kumar Mishra from IGI Airport's terminal-3 on charges of fraud.
 
In his complaint to cyber crime cell, Sanjay Kumar said that on April 28-29, an amount of Rs.25,000 was deducted from his account through his debit card by fraud.
 
"After investigation, Mishra was arrested on the ground of technical evidences by cyber crime cell chief Sudhir Kumar and his team," a senior police officer said.
 
Accused Mishra told investigators that he used to note down the debit card number, card verification value (CVV) number, PIN number and other details of customers coming for ticket booking through their debit cards.
 
"Mishra did online shopping fraudulently via debit cards and cheated many Air India customers through this technique. We are grilling him on police remand," an investigator told IANS.
 
Mishra hails from Jamtara district in Jharkhand and was living on rent in Delhi's Mahipalpur area.
 
A school pass-out from Kolkata, Mishra was working with the ticketing department of Air India at IGI's terminal-3 for the last one year through an outsourcing firm.
 

 

"We have one of the best cyber crime investigation teams in Gurgaon and were able to solve various types of cyber crimes," commissioner Virk said. 

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Hackers steal data on 100,000 US taxpayers

At a Tuesday press conference, Koskinen said that the hackers accessed tax returns containing a large amount of personal data

 

A group of hackers stole confidential data on more than 100,000 US taxpayers over the past four months, the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, John Koskinen, reported.
 
At a Tuesday press conference, Koskinen said that the hackers accessed tax returns containing a large amount of personal data via the IRS "Get Transcript" service between February and May.
 
"Get Transcript" is a way to download several years of tax forms when a taxpayer would like to apply for a mortgage or educational financial aid, for instance.
 
Of the 200,000 attempts by the cybercriminal group to download individuals' tax data between February and May, about half were successful, but - although an investigation is under way - US authorities still do not know who could have carried out the hack attack.
 
The IRS chief said the agency is sure that the hackers were not novices. "We're dealing with criminals with a lot of money and using expensive equipment and hiring a lot of smart people," he said.
 
Koskinen said that the aim of the info-pirates was to use personal data they had already stolen from taxpayers to request fraudulent tax refunds in their names, and about 15,000 such refunds were issued.
 
The IRS will send letters to the 200,000 people potentially affected by the data theft starting this week to inform them of the problem.
 
According to the agency, the hackers already had acquired - possibly through the social networks - private information, including names, addresses, social security numbers and certain other personal details, on citizens whose tax data they then attempted to steal.
 
The IRS has temporarily disabled the "Get Transcript" service. Over the past few months, Americans used it to download 23 million transcripts, the agency said, but - for the moment - those requests will have to be filled by sending out paper copies of past tax returns. 

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Healthy food alert: Chill, sit and 'Pita Pit'

Located in south Delhi's Greater Kailash 1 area, the restaurant is known for it's made to order customized pita sandwiches and salads

 

ll those who fancy being called foodies but fear that too much food would put on those extra kilos on your curvy or macho body, read on.
 
Located in south Delhi's Greater Kailash 1 area, the restaurant is known for it's made to order customized pita sandwiches and salads.
 
The Pita Pit Lounge, with its interiors, menu, a selection of books to read and free Wi-Fi, offers customers a place to take a breather from their hectic schedules. The ambiance is chic and despite its modern look, the traditional touch to the interiors, with a few plants, also keep it rooted in tradition.
 

"Considering the canvas here is much larger, we have sampled with innovative materials and classical themes to give the place a lounge-cum-cafe effect," Anun Dhawan, director of Mentor Hospitality Pvt. Ltd., the master franchise Holders of Pita Pit in north and east India, told IANS.
 
"The fresh thinking reflects in the design as much as it does in the food Pita Pit serves," he added.
 
You can choose from an extensive range of fresh vegetables, grilled meats, premium spreads and cheeses, along with zesty sauces - all rolled into a pita, a soft, slightly leavened flatbread baked from wheat flour.
 
Pita is used in many Mediterranean, Balkan and Middle Eastern cuisines and resembles other slightly leavened flatbreads such as the Iranian nan-e-barbari, South Asian flatbreads and Central Asian naan.
 
While the eatery has a range of delicious offerings for non-vegetarians - smoked chicken breast, chicken ham and chicken sheekh kabab, to name just a few - it doesn't disappoint the vegetarians either. On offer is chipotle potato (baked potato with chipotal spicing), khasta kebab (peas and green chilly kebab) and fresh paneer (diced and grilled), among others.
 
But what makes this place different from others is the use of fresh fruits and vegetables in the stuffing of the sandwiches. All the sandwiches that I had were perfectly balanced with chicken (for non-vegetarians), paneer (for vegetarians), fruits and green leafy vegetables and the sauces.
 
To add to this were some delicious salads, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Pita Pit also allows you to customise your salads with the sauces and vegetables of your choice.
 
But "all's well that ends well" means that no Indian meal is complete without a dessert. And believe me, you won't be disappointed here on that front too. The restaurant offers mouth-watering choco pudding, lemon cake and chocolate cake, to name just three.
 
You can definitely try the hot-baked lemon cake which, the outlet says, is a hot-seller.
 
The Lounge also features pita toasties and new desserts on the menu. It also has a host of freshly-squeezed juices, organic green teas and coffees on offer.
 
One can try watermelon juice as it will chill you down and refresh you in just a sip. The lounge has become a favourite hangout joint for both youngsters and office goers.
 
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* Location: Greater Kailash 1, N Block Market
 
* Cost for two: Rs.500

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