Inmates in Idaho successfully hacked the software of the prison-issued tablets to issue themselves nearly a quarter of a million dollars in credits on the devices that are often one of their only connections to the outside world. The tablets, made by prominent prison vendor JPay, give inmates the ability to use email, listen to music and transfer money, among other basic computing functions, but charge fees for some services.\r\nThe\u00a0Associated Press reports\u00a0that Idaho prison officials discovered 364 inmates leveraging a software vulnerability to increase their JPay account balances. In Idaho, the devices are the result of a partnership between JPay and CenturyLink. The latter company confirmed the software vulnerability but declined to offer further details beyond stating that it had since been resolved.\r\nOf the 364 inmates exploiting\u00a0JPay, 50 inmates were able to issue themselves credits for more than $1,000. One inmate was able to use the software flaw to self-issue a credit of almost $10,000. The company has recovered about a quarter of the total of around $225,000 so far and has suspended some functions for inmates until they reimburse the stolen credits.\r\n\u201cThis conduct was intentional, not accidental. It required a\u00a0knowledge of the JPay system and multiple actions by every inmate who exploited the system\u2019s vulnerability to improperly credit their account,\u201d Idaho Department of Correction spokesperson Jeff Ray said in a statement on the JPay incident.\r\nThe individuals exploiting the JPay system are incarcerated at a handful of Idaho prisons, including Idaho State Correctional Institution, Idaho State Correctional Center, South Idaho Correctional Institution, Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino and a private Correctional Alternative Placement Plan building.\r\nOn its website, JPay describes itself as a \u201chighly trusted name in corrections because we offer a fast and secure method of sending money,\u201d which seems up for debate given the recent turn of events. The company has a presence in prisons across 35 states.