Idaho prison officials say 364 inmates exploited vulnerable software in the JPay tablets they use for email, music and games to collectively transfer nearly a quarter million dollars into their own accounts.
The department's special investigations unit discovered the problem earlier this month, and the improper conduct involved no taxpayer dollars, Idaho Department of Correction spokesman Jeff Ray said on Thursday.
Computer - Tablets - Prisons - Country - Idaho
The hand-held computer tablets are popular in prisons across the country, and they are made available to Idaho inmates through a contract with CenturyLink and JPay. The tablets allow inmates to email their families and friends, purchase and listen to music or play simple electronic games.
"JPay is proud to provide services that allow incarcerated individuals to communicate with friends and family, access educational programming, and enjoy positive entertainment options that help prevent behavioral issues," JPay spokesperson Jade Trombetta said in a prepared statement. "While the vast majority of individuals use our secure technology appropriately, we are continually working to improve our products to prevent any attempts at misuse."
Mark - Molzen - Spokesman - CenturyLink - Problem
Mark Molzen, the spokesman for CenturyLink, said the problem involved inmates "intentionally exploiting a software vulnerability to increase their JPay account balances," but said he couldn't provide details because CenturyLink considers it proprietary information....
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