A bunch of CIA agents were just fired. And for what? Hacking a vending machine! Yes, you read that right.
The Central Intelligence Agency had to let go of some of it contractors after it was discovered that they had stolen nearly $3,400 in snacks from a vending machine. The contractors had apparently hacked vending machines, therefore landing themselves free snacks between fall 2012 and March 2013.
The whole incident came to light only when some CIA officials noticed that snacks were going missing from the vending machines. Cameras were soon set up to figure out what was going on and much to their amazement, the agency discovered that their own officers had been the ones stealing the food.
“Video footage recovered from the surveillance cameras captured numerous perpetrators engaged in the … theft scheme, all of whom were readily identifiable as agency contract personnel,” reads a report Office of Inspector General report from October 2013.
Even though the machines only give out snacks when payment is made via prepaid cars, one contractor noticed he could unplug the “FreedomPay” machines and then use a fake card with no credit in it to extract food.
Using his knowledge on computer networks he then began taking food from the machines and other officers also joined in, until their antics were discovered. He “admitted to originating the idea of how to effect the thefts based on his knowledge of computer networks,” the report states.
Apparently, although the officers were fired, the Office of the Attorney General referred the case to the Department of Justice, but the DOJ did not press charges.