CIA fires contractors over stealing from vending machine

Posted 23 June 2017 17:50 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Several CIA contractors have been fired after illegally ‘hacking’ vending machines. In total they stole for more than $3000 worth of candy. One employee discovered that if a cable, that connected the vending machine with a cloud based payment system, was unplugged,  the vending machine accepted unfunded cards.

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The employee shared his findings with colleagues which used the hack to get free snacks. The CIA discovered the scam and decided to use surveillance cameras to find the perpetrators.

Investigators were able to identify one contractor as being the mastermind behind the ‘hacks’, due to his “knowledge of computer networks.” He admitted to successfully testing the hack before telling colleagues about the method.

The CIA Inspector General’s report on the ‘hack’ emerged following a Freedom of Information request by BuzzFeed.

The snack stealing began in the fall of 2012 and continued through March 2013, leading to thefts totaling an estimated $3,314.40.


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