Monday, January 16, 2012

High Tech Cheating

The scamsters targeted one of India's most high-profile exams: the national entrance exam for admissions to PG programs in medical colleges, and the details are fascinating:

The police say two of the men – recent MBA grads – pretended to be candidates and went in to write the exam with Android cellphones strapped to their forearms, hidden beneath their shirt cuffs. They used the cameras in the phones to scan the exam questions through holes in their coats, and images of the pages were sent automatically and wirelessly to an email address.

In a bedroom a few blocks away, a recent computer science graduate downloaded the images and printed out the exam paper. He handed it over to the scam kingpin, a second-year medical student, who sat surrounded by textbooks and some friends, and solved the problems.

He then sent the answers back to at least six candidates writing the exam; they had Bluetooth devices stitched into their shirt collars that sent the answers to microchip earplugs the men were wearing.

And how did the scam get busted?

It appears that this plot was busted after a disgruntled fellow candidate who knew of the service but couldn’t afford it tipped off police. ...


  1. Vijay said...

    If they similarly continue to get the best long-distance advice when they practice medicine, I suppose we could call it tele-medicine :-))