Travel Agents Stole Rs. 72 Million Worth of E Tickets From PIA Website

PIA-LogoIn a shocking event of cyber crime, it is revealed that Rs. 72 million worth of E-Tickets were stolen by various individuals and Air Travel Agents through Pakistan International Airline (PIA) website, reported Dunya Newspaper.

Report said that tickets were stolen for more than a year and it was only recently that PIA administration found out the flaw in their website that lead to free reservation of 5757 air travel tickets for all sorts of destinations across the globe.

Government officials confirmed the incident and said that details of the cyber crime will be presented during on-going session of National Assembly.

It merits mentioning here that PIA had started offering E-Ticketing service through its websites for over two years ago but had halted the service recently after finding out about the scandal.

According to report, these tickets were reserved through PIA websites and were re-sold to end-users who travelled on the stolen tickets without getting caught by PIA administration.

Report claims that PIA website had essential security loopholes that lead the Air Travel Agents to freely reserve E-Tickets.

Interestingly, the security loophole was misused by agents for over a year and no-one from PIA was able to track it.

A cyber security expert, while explaining the possibilities to ProPakistani, said that it is likely that PIA administration was involved in the crime. He opined that Travel Agents are usually not that tech-savvy and may not have found the bug without external help.

PIA said that it is making efforts to recover the money and some Rs. 10 milion were already recovered.

Via PakZindaBad & Dunya News

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • ErTiQa

    PIA Admin is Invovled

  • Ghulam Sarwar

    Rest in Peace PIA.

  • Splendid! It wouldn’t surprise me if the top brass were involved in this crime.

  • Yasir Mahmood

    Chalo G.Yeh Kaam Rehta Tha..

    Hackers now Gonna Become Billioner Soon When they Hack State Bank Of Pakistan

  • Aamir Jalil

    Kutti Choro Se Mile hai , Ess ke Bina Etna Bara Faurd nahi ho sakta ,

  • Imran Sidat

    The application flow and load testing also need to be check, it might be the issue of the Application.

  • PIA

    Agents do not use website to book eticket , they have separate DOS based system to book tickets called SABRE used by more than 100 airlines across the globe, developed by SABRE Inc based in Dallas USA.
    It can not be Hacked, if it is then other airlines are also vulnerable.
    It seems somebody is involved surely.

  • Baghi

    PIA…………
    Come, Fly with Us (For Free)
    Hahahah……………

  • Baghi

    PIA…………
    Come, Fly with Us (For Free)
    Hahahah……………

  • Baghi

    PIA…………
    Come, Fly with Us (For Free)
    Hahahah……………

  • Baghi

    PIA…………
    Come, Fly with Us (For Free)
    Hahahah……………

  • Baghi

    PIA…………
    Come, Fly with Us (For Free)
    Hahahah……………

  • Altaf Shah

    aaah. thats why they were selling expensive tickets to us. RIP PIA.