JEE Main Scam: Russian Man Arrested for Hacking and Helping 820 Students Cheat Online

The NTA has also debarred 20 candidates for three years from appearing in the JEE Main. The accused, Mikhail Shargin, has been sent to CBI custody till October 6.

JEE Main Scam

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) announced that the Joint Engineering Exam (JEE Main), which decides the future of thousands of Indian students, was allegedly hacked last year by a Russian national named Mikhail Shargan

Giving further details about the incident, the CBI said that it occurred in 2021.

Shargan hacked into the software of JEE provided by TCS, one of the largest IT companies in India. JEE is a computer-based entrance test where over a million students appear and are administered throughout India to determine admission to engineering colleges such as IIT, NIT, and NIIT.

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Shargan hacked the TCS software, which the JEE was using as a platform to conduct exams to provide remote connectivity to take over the computer terminals of students appearing for the exam. This means that through hacking, students will be able to cheat easily, as now the teachers or their coaches will be able to access their computers and give exams on their behalf.

An instance was reported of a private coaching center in Uttar Pradesh named ‘Affinity Education’ that solved the question paper on behalf of students who paid the institute nearly $1227 to $1841.

20 students who were caught cheating on their exams by using remote access through an examination center in Sonepat, Haryana are now banned from taking the exam for the next three years. 

Shargan was arrested at Delhi airport by the authorities after he landed from Kazakhstan. The case was then registered by the CBI, which conducted raids in different cities and seized laptops involved in the examination scam.

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