Investigators Not Able to Understand How Bookies Hacked Into IPL Feed

Investigators Not Able to Understand How Bookies Hacked Into IPL’s Live Feed

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) came to a halt about a month ago. However, the controversies surrounding the event doesn’t seem to come to an end.

Moreover, several betting rackets were unveiled during the tournament. Many were arrested by the police.

Meanwhile, another massive revelation came out regarding a forgery. As per reports, it is learnt that the hackers found their way into the Live feeds of the cash-rich IPL matches.

A live feed is generally 8-10 seconds ahead of the original broadcast. The television broadcast is actually 8-10 seconds after it actually takes place in the ground.

However, we get the coverage as pictures pass through several pages, owing to the satellite and Cable of DTH or HD platforms. It is only after that we watch it on the television.

So much so, it was in Indore that the local police caught a group who distributed live feeds.

As per reports, it is being learnt that a Dubai-based bookie was behind supporting the perpetrators by providing the information.

Somehow, the investigators found the hackers getting the live feeds from the ground during the uplink process.

IPL 2018
Image Courtesy: BCCI

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“As they were getting live feed before it appeared on TV sets, which was 8-10 seconds ahead of live telecast, it is likely that they were not only manipulating the odds in online betting during the matches but also providing this feed to other persons, who were betting on the matches through apps,” the Superintendent of Police and also the Cyber Crime Branch of Indore Police said.

An engineer of Star Sports apparently said that the signals are uploaded in a scrambled form during the IPL in particular.

Interestingly, it requires a BSS code which is required to unscramble the data. The method keeps on changing every 10-15 minutes and it is very difficult to hack the data. The researchers certainly need to be high-level hackers to check these websites.

Someone could even crack the code:

Sunrisers Hyderabad
Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

“Still, someone cracked this code and stole the feed. Arrested bookies told us they were getting this live feed from another bookie based in Dubai. This is a very challenging case for us. Our experts and engineers of the official broadcaster of the IPL, Star TV, are working together to find how the bookies have been able to steal the BISS (Basic Interoperable Scrambling System Code) code so easily,” he added.

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