SSC exam-cheating: Hi-tech Delhi gang remote-accessed candidates' computer, solved paper
Delhi Police have busted a gang that helped Staff Selection Commission (SSC) candidates clear their exam by appearing it on behalf of them. For this, they used Team Viewer and AMMYY, software that allowed them to take control of the candidate's computer and solve the paper while sitting somewhere far away. Police have now arrested four men from Gandhi Vihar and seized Rs. 51.8L.
The SSC exam is conducted online. It outsources computer-centers to provide computer labs for candidates. Harpal, the alleged kingpin, and other gang members owned labs like these. First, they would identify potential customers and lure them. On exam day, they would access the candidate's computer remotely. If Team Viewer or AMMYY didn't work, they would use the Local Area Network to connect computers.
Police discovered the racket when a candidate confessed about one Sonu's involvement. A police team approached Sonu, pretending to be parents of a candidate interested in his services. During the operation, Sonu took them to the Gandhi Vihar flat, where Gaurav explained their MO to them. Sonu, along with brother-in-law Harpal, claimed to be the chief coordinator. They demanded Rs. 10L for the work.
Police found the gang had started operating in 2011, when the exam was held in pen-paper mode. Then they would simply replace candidates with their own members. After the exam went online, they started their new MO of accessing candidates' computers remotely.
In their operations, Harpal was in charge of arranging the infrastructure, while Sonu's job was to get customers. After raiding their premises, police managed to arrest Sonu, Gaurav, Ajay and Param. Harpal is on the run. Cops have identified nearly 180 candidates till now, but suspect the number could go up to "several hundred."