Nepali Travels Companies that have been selling international air tickets through Global Distribution System (GDS) were hacked. A group of foreign hackers hacked the ticket sales system of the international air service company which resulted in the loss of millions of rupees.
The hackers have incurred a big loss to the Nepali Travels Companies by sending them fake emails on behalf of foreign GDS Companies and issuing the tickets. Among the Nepali Companies bearing loss due to hacking include Deurali Travels, Cosmo Travels and C Link Travels.
The foreign hackers are found to have issued tickets worth amounting to Rs 6 million to Rs 8 million from each company. Chairperson of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) Ramesh Thapa said the foreign hackers issued tickets over the night by sending emails to the Nepali Travels Companies on behalf of GDS Company.
‘It was found that hackers had cheated the companies by sending fake emails from GDS with logo. With this incident coming to light, Nepali travel companies are fearful’, he said.
Chair Thapa further shared the hackers were issuing most of the tickets to Morocco.
The victim travel agencies have already registered a case at the cyber bureau. Sewar, MIS and Galileo have been providing ticketing services to Nepali travel companies.
Anupa Budhathoki, general manager of Sewar Network Nepal which has been providing GDS service to Nepali travel companies said foreign hackers had incurred loss to Nepali ticket agencies by sending fake emails in the name of GDS Company.