Even the most secure vault in the world is vulnerable.
Here’s a story of an audacious diamond theft carried out by a team of experts.
They were accused of breaking into a vault two floors beneath the Antwerp Diamond Center and making off with at least $100 million worth of loose diamonds, gold, jewelry, and other spoils. The vault was thought to be impenetrable. It was protected by 10 layers of security, including infrared heat detectors, Doppler radar, a magnetic field, a seismic sensor, and a lock with 100 million possible combinations. The robbery was called the heist of the century, and even now the police can’t explain exactly how it was done.
Eventually, most of the criminals were caught. How? Because of the careless handling of a bag of garbage.
The ringleader explains how they did it.
Read the whole story: The Untold Story of the World’s Biggest Diamond Heist, Wired>