Herald: Hacking bids threaten Goamiles

Hacking bids threaten Goamiles

04 Oct 2018 05:45am IST
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04 Oct 2018 05:45am IST

Company suspects ‘some’ opposing lobby; GTDC proposes new scheme to attract more cabbies and individuals


PANJIM:  Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s (GTDC) ambitious app-based taxi service – Goa Miles – is facing an unexpected hiccup in terms of attempts to hack into its application. Since inception there have been 80 hacking attempts.

The promoters of the service are baffled by the repeated hacking attempts of the taxi service which was mired in problems due to non-cooperation of taxi operators and initial teething issues. The authorities suspect ‘some’ opposing lobby’s involvement to pull down the State’s first initiative in app-based taxi services.

“Our experts warded off all 80 attempts to hack and bring down the server. Some lobby is threatened as this app is a game-changer. It has come as a major competition to the then monopolised tourist taxi business. The app’s perfect security system did not allow any infringement. We have nonetheless beefed up cyber security,” said a senior officer seeking anonymity. 

Anticipating a repeat of hacking attempts in the future, GTDC has warned of legal action stating, “We will not hesitate to file a complaint with the cyber crime cell if hacking attempts continue. The app is here to stay.”

With 750-800 taxi operators already on board, GTDC has proposed a new scheme to attract more cabbies and individuals to join the online service. Sources said the proposal will announce Rs 40-50,000 per month to each individual willing to ply taxis under Goamiles. The monthly remuneration is subject to the condition 

that would soon be spelt out by the government. Subsidy, insurance cover and scholarship for the children of those who enroll are among the incentives on the cards.  

“The GTDC Board has approved the proposal. We are now awaiting a government approval,” the officer added. 

The maximum trips, recorded with the promoters are along the northern coastal belt. “We get bookings for the North more than South Goa. Many passengers have booked trips along Calangute to Vagator compared to other places. This is followed by trips in Panjim, Porvorim, Mapusa, Margao and Dabolim airport,” he said, adding, “We have created competition and becoming the first choice among locals and tourists.” 

Data also indicates a few trips to Canacona and few pockets of South Goa, which the authorities are tapping to generate a good response.

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